White Sox to promote Ken Williams, name Rick Hahn GM


USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale reported Thursday that the White Sox intend to promote Ken Williams to team president and Rick Hahn to general manager once the season concludes.

SI’s Jon Heyman confirmed the news.

The switch is not only a reward for Williams, but it’s also carrot to keep Hahn, the longtime assistant, around. The Harvard Law product has long been mentioned as a GM candidate elsewhere, and he’d probably have landed that position somewhere already if he weren’t so picky.

Williams is in his 12th year at the helm of the White Sox, making him the game’s fifth longest-tenured GM behind Brian Sabean (Giants), Billy Beane (A’s), Brian Cashman (Yankees) and Dan O’Dowd (Rockies). His White Sox will finish over .500 this year for the ninth time in his 12 seasons. They won the World Series in 2005.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.