CHICAGO -- Before taking a look at the list of impending 2014 free agents and deciding how the money saved by the White Sox from four trades executed since July 12 figures into acquisitions, remember that general manager Rick Hahn is not looking for a quick fix.
That's not to say Hahn won't take a look at who's available, both on the open market and via trade. But while 2014 stands as far from a write-off season, he's taking a much broader focus in this reshaping process than one season.
"It's going to go to making the big league club better for the long haul, no doubt," said Hahn of the $4 million saved this season after moving Alex Rios and $1 million in cash considerations to the Rangers on Friday for a player to be named or cash. "One of the positives of an unfortunate season like this is we're going to have the opportunity in all probability to spend a lot more money on amateur talent.
"So certainly any savings, that's probably going to be the first couple of line items next year, what we spend on the Draft and what we spend internationally. Even after that, given the flexibility that's opened up, there will be the opportunity, whether it be via trade or free agency, to perhaps take on money as the offseason unfolds."
In trading Rios, Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton, the White Sox moved three players who didn't really figure into their future plans even with Rios having one year and an option remaining on his deal and Thornton having an option. Jake Peavy could have stayed as part of the White Sox rotation for 2014, but the White Sox will put that $14.5 million toward future growth.
Hahn and the White Sox might not be quite done yet during the August waiver period.
"The potential is there," Hahn said. "It's complicated by the waiver process, but there's still a possibility other things could happen by the end of the month."
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