White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is engaged in a bit of a waiting game as his front-office crew makes its way to Las Vegas for this year's Winter Meetings.
That wait centers on outfielder Bryce Harper, the 26-year-old top attraction of the free-agent market. The White Sox reportedly have serious interest in bringing Harper to the South Side, although they have not spoken directly of said interest, with a meeting between the two sides already taking place involving Jim Thome, among others. But in Hahn's mind, with the focus staying on the rebuild and achieving sustained success, the waiting really isn't the hardest part when a generational talent is involved.
"It's a bit of a balancing act," said Hahn, speaking in broader terms of the process. "At the same time, we know what our priorities are. And we aren't simply going to shift to a secondary priority because the first one isn't necessarily ready to move if it is a unique fit.
"What I'm trying to say is, yes, there's areas where you have to move, yes, there's areas where there's depth and there's opportunities that have to be taken if they arise. For certain unique elements within the trade or free-agent market, we have the luxury of allowing it to play out on its natural pace."
The White Sox already have added late-inning reliever Alex Colome via trade. So, while waiting on the big decision, they aren't standing still in enhancing this team.