White Sox GM Rick Hahn willing to listen to offers
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org November 8, 2012 9:36PM
Updated: December 10, 2012 6:36AM
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — What began with a stream of phone calls in recent weeks has turned into nearly constant voices in Rick Hahn ’s ear the last two days about whether he’ll trade any of his starters.
‘‘I wouldn’t rule anything out,’’ the White Sox general manager said. He expects to return home Friday afternoon with a good idea where he might find the third baseman he seeks and who’s willing to give up the most for somebody like $9.5-million right-hander Gavin Floyd.
‘‘We’ve had a lot of good conversations with other clubs,’’ he said, ‘‘which could well lay the groundwork for, if not necessarily a direct trade, maybe a three-way trade at some point.’’
Three-way trade? That almost certainly would require a starting pitcher from the Sox.
‘‘We like our rotation right now. We like how that looks one through five,’’ Hahn said. ‘‘So our preference is not to move anyone from the rotation.
‘‘That being said, given the price of free-agent starters in this market, given the scarcity of controllable arms that are available, we’ve been asked a lot about our starters and our bullpen guys, too, actually.
‘‘We’re not inclined to do that, but obviously you have to listen.’’
The Cubs submitted a bid before Thursday’s deadline for the rights to negotiate with 25-year-old Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who throws about 90 mph with a good changeup and is represented by agent Scott Boras. … The Cubs continued efforts to reach terms with their lone free agent, reliever Shawn Camp.