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Hahn: White Sox not going to 'write off' 2014

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CHICAGO -- The target of this White Sox reshaping process stands as a highly competitive team for 2015 and beyond. That goal doesn't mean 2014 is any sort of a forgotten year, as general manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura expressed at SoxFest on Friday.

"We are not going to write off any season, especially one where we feel we have quality starting pitching and a solid bullpen, as is the case right now," Hahn said. "We're also realistic. We're coming off a 99-loss club. It's imperative that we show improvement, it's imperative that we show growth, especially on the position-player side of things."

"Is someone going to pick us to win our division? Probably not, just because of the age and the guys that we have. Does that mean we can't? No," Ventura said. "We're going to go into Spring Training, work hard, and go from there. But I'm not going to put a 'We have to have this,' or 'We're not going to be as bad as this.' We'll go in and [the players will] decide how we play."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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