Hahn regrets White Sox missing trade ‘fun,’ but game’s not over

Written By BY BRIAN SANDALOW For Sun-Times Media Posted: 09/03/2014, 06:17am

The White Sox didn’t make any deals before Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t try, and it also doesn’t disqualify them from being active through August.

A bevy of stars, including David Price, Jon Lester and Yoenis Cespedes, were dealt Thursday. Sox general manager Rick Hahn said it was ‘‘obviously an extremely exciting day around baseball, and to see that type of talent moving around, frankly, I sort of felt like the kid looking out the window with all his friends playing outside while I was inside practicing my violin.

‘‘It would’ve been more fun to be part of all that, but I look forward to the time when we’re on the side of being more aggressive to add a — shorter-term perhaps — boost for the final two months as opposed to having a longer perspective that didn’t quite match up with some of the deals that occurred [Thursday].’’

Hahn said he came close to making a three-team trade for a player the Sox had targeted, but talks fell apart around 1 p.m. After that, things were quiet.

Hahn and the Sox still have chances to make deals, though players will have to be sent through waivers for anything to be done. Hahn didn’t rule out doing business that way.

‘‘We’re certainly going to stay diligent on it,’’ he said. ‘‘We don’t have a specific time for when certain things have to happen on most of the players that are out there. So it may well go into the offseason, into the winter, but if the opportunity to get better is presented, we’ll jump on it.’’

Garcia, Lindstrom back

Outfielder Avisail Garcia and reliever Matt Lindstrom began their rehab stints at Class  AAA Charlotte. Lindstrom threw an inning in the first game of a doubleheader. Garcia, serving as the designated hitter in the second game, was 2-for-4 with a run and two strikeouts.

‘‘This is essentially restarting spring training for him,’’ Hahn said of Garcia, ‘‘so it’s going to take a fair amount of at-bats.”

As for Lindstrom, Hahn said, ‘‘We’ll again respond to how he’s doing outing to outing before setting any expectation for his return.’’

Meanwhile, Zach Putnam threw a 20-pitch side session and said he felt ‘‘really good.’’ He said he didn’t know if he’d need a rehab stint before returning.

Scorching humor

Before Hahn addressed reporters about the trade deadline, he addressed his appearance. His slightly reddened face was the result of an accident with a fire pit Monday night.

He was taking the incident with a sense of humor.

‘‘I was trying to do a deal, but I got disconnected due to the flames,’’ he joked. ‘‘Dedication.’’

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