Chris Getz expected to get front-office promotion with White Sox

The former Sox player and current assistant GM is moving up the ranks.

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White Sox assistant GM Chris Getz is shown in 2009 when he was a second baseman for the team.

White Sox assistant GM Chris Getz is shown in 2009 when he was a second baseman for the team.


The White Sox won a World Series in 2005. As a sidenote that year, they also drafted Chris Getz, who played seven seasons in the majors with the Sox, Royals and Blue Jays.

Eighteen years later, Rick Hahn’s premonition about the former infielder might be coming true.

Hahn, the fired Sox general manager let go along with executive vice president Ken Williams on Tuesday, touted Getz as “a future general manager” while Getz was overseeing the Sox’ player-development department. And now Getz appears to be on the verge of having that come to fruition as Hahn’s likely successor.

Getz and fellow assistant GM Jeremy Haber were said to be sharing GM duties now, but Getz, a .250 career hitter who stole 25 bases for the Sox in 2009, seems to already be getting comfortable in the GM chair.

“Even as a player, you could tell he had the characteristics of becoming an executive at some point if he chose to go that route,” Sox manager Pedro Grifol, a coach in the Royals’ system, said about Getz, who played with the Royals from 2010 to 2013.

“And then when he got into the front office, I know he was highly regarded as a young executive with the potential to do this stuff. Player development . . . that job prepares you for a lot of things in the game, and he’s certainly equipped to do what he’s being asked to do by [chairman] Jerry Reinsdorf right now.”

In announcing the firings Tuesday, the Sox said the hiring would be made before the end of the season, which might indicate the decision already has been made. Dayton Moore, the former Royals GM and current senior adviser of baseball operations with the Rangers, could be hired in tandem with Getz, who built a close relationship with Moore in Kansas City.

This is Getz’s seventh season as director of player development and third as assistant GM. He spent 2015 and 2016 as a baseball operations assistant/player development with the Royals, who won the 2015 World Series.

Anderson returns

Tim Anderson had two singles and an RBI, stole third base and scored the winning run on J.P. Crawford’s throwing error Wednesday in the Sox’ 5-4 victory in 10 innings after serving a five-game suspension for the fight in Cleveland on Aug. 6. Anderson has been through more Williams-Hahn seasons than anyone on the team.

“We know what they were here for, and unfortunately we haven’t succeeded to what we need to be throughout this window,” Anderson said. “That’s what happens when things like that happen. A lot of those things goes within the players.”

After the Mariners scored three runs in the ninth against closer Gregory Santos, the Sox (50-77) forced extra innings on Andrew Benintendi’s pinch RBI single that drove in Oscar Colas (double).

Kopech exits with leg cramps

On a blistering hot day with a 107-degree heat index, Michael Kopech took five warmup pitches before the fifth inning before leaving with leg cramps due to the heat. Kopech struck out five, walked four and allowed one hit in four scoreless innings.

“I just couldn’t replenish as much as I was sweating out,” Kopech said. “They didn’t want me to push through that stuff too much.”

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