After flurry of moves, Sox expect quieter winter

Chicago ready to advance rebuild to development stage

After flurry of moves, Sox expect quieter winter

There's not much offseason certainty yet for Rick Hahn, even as the GM Meetings move toward a close in Orlando, Fla.

But the White Sox general manager knows one fact to be true.

"The next 10 months will be a lot quieter than the last 10 months," Hahn told reporters Tuesday. "That's an easy bet."

Year 1 of the White Sox rebuild centered more on talent procurement, a process Hahn and his staff seemed to excel at, beginning with Chris Sale's trade to Boston during last year's Winter Meetings. While Year 2 focuses on development of the young, talented players, the White Sox still figure to make some moves via trade or free agency.

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Work done at the GM Meetings have laid the initial outline.

"We've had a lot of conversations about a handful of guys," Hahn said. "People know where we're at. We've been in this situation for over a year. People understand our approach and that we are open to different ideas.

"Ultimately, I suspect, from sheer volume, a far quieter winter for us then it was [last year]. We will have to see if the right opportunities present themselves in the coming weeks and months."

No news is expected for Rodon

Pitcher Carlos Rodon currently is going through the healing process after arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder at the close of September, which was expected to sideline him for 6-8 months. Aside from that update, there's not much more for Hahn to say about his southpaw starter.

"We really won't know sort of where in that window he's ultimately going to fall until we get to Spring Training and he throws off the mound and ramps up for the season," Hahn said. "Until then, it's just speculative.

"Everything is going on track. But at this point, the hardest part he has to do is sit and allow his body to heal. The biggest challenge of that is being stir-crazy."

Rodon, 24, made only 12 starts in '17 and didn't pitch after Sept. 2. Hahn also said during his season-ending press conference there would be no updates on Rodon until the left-hander threw off the mound.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.