CHICAGO -- With $46 million committed to the '15 White Sox payroll before arbitration, general manager Rick Hahn will have fiscal flexibility to work with while taking the next step in this reshaping process. He'll also have some decisions to make on how to allocate that money to best fill the team's needs.
"We'll have to decide based on the options available to us whether it makes sense to invest heavily in one or two targets or try to spread it around between a half dozen or so," Hahn said. "I don't think anything is going to be precluded from us in terms of opportunities. It's going to be a matter of allocating the resources most effectively when the time comes."
Several names already have been pushed on to that White Sox free-agent wish list by the media, but it's a little early to discuss potential free-agent machinations, with three weeks left in this season and the bidding process far from underway. It's not too early to discuss '15 as a major step for the White Sox.
"We've known this was going to be a multiyear process for us from the start," Hahn said. "Obviously we were pleased with some of the things we were able to do in the first year, but at the same time it's readily apparent there are still other items that need to be addressed."
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