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Why were the White Sox inactive at the trade deadline?

Why were the White Sox inactive at the trade deadline?

Why were the White Sox inactive at the trade deadline? originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

There’s no debating the White Sox had higher expectations for themselves at the trade deadline .

General manager Rick Hahn went into the deadline with the bullpen as an “obvious need.” Some pundits believed the Sox needed another starter, an everyday right fielder and a second baseman.

The Sox intended to be buyers at the deadline.

On Monday, the penultimate day before the deadline, the Sox landed left-hand reliever Jake Diekman from the Boston Red Sox.

In exchange for the 35-year old reliever, the White Sox gave up Reese McGuire, committing to Seby Zavala after his performance as backup catcher this season.

But, by the 5 p.m. CST deadline on Tuesday, no news came from Guaranteed Rate Field.

Before the Sox’ second game against the Royals (which they won, 9-2), Rick Hahn spoke about the lack of traction in the trade market, expressing he was “disappointed” by the outcome.

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There were many reasons for the Sox not making a splash at the trade deadline. Not because of any internal decision or reasons, but a myriad of factors based on the market in 2022.

“Look, it was a different market this year,” Hahn said. “I don’t know if it was a biproduct of having more playoff teams that there’s been in the past or a biproduct of the wild card round being a best of three, as opposed to more of a coin flip game, that sort of led to a sellers perhaps being a little more aggressive in terms of their asking prices.”

The also Sox didn’t want to make drastic changes to their core, active roster and prospect field.

The White Sox have one of the most depleted farm systems in MLB, a biproduct of their rebuild centerpieces filling out the Major League roster. To decimate an already barren prospect field would put the team’s future in jeopardy, especially given the White Sox have the fourth-oldest roster in baseball.

Giving away prospects would only damper the Sox’ long-term success. Consequently, trades were simply not in the cards for the White Sox.

“I think our track record shows that we’re not afraid to do things,” Hahn said. “We’re not afraid to be aggressive. We’re not afraid to have a priority list and go right down the list and at some point set an appropriate price for the exchange. At no point do I feel throughout this process we were prospect clutching in any way. We were asked for many of our…

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