White Sox GM Rick Hahn appears open to a roster overhaul

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White Sox’ general manager Rick Hahn has made no secret of his desire to restructure the team’s roster this offseason, as Craig noted earlier this month. Per a report by ESPN’s Buster Olney, Hahn is open to trade offers for any rostered player with three or fewer years of control left on their contract.

A full-scale rebuild may or may not be in the cards for the club after their 78-84 finish in 2016, but it’s an idea that Hahn has been playing around with, at the very least. A report from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe provided some insight into the general manager’s offseason strategy in early November, revealing that “more than one GM has said that White Sox GM Rick Hahn is open for business on just about his entire roster.”

The list of players with less than four years of control on their contracts is a lengthy one that includes left-handers Chris Sale and Dan Jennings, right-handers James Shields, Jake Petricka, Zach Putnam, David Robertson and Miguel Gonzalez, outfielders Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia, and infielders Todd Frazier, Jose Abreu and Brett Lawrie.

Chris Sale and fellow left-hander Jose Quintana have drawn the most interest from teams around the league, with talks reportedly initiated by the Rangers, Yankees, Red Sox, Nationals, and Braves. Last week, Williams declined to comment on any potential trade negotiations for Sale, though Cafardo noted that the ace’s name has still surfaced in conversations with other GMs.

Quintana’s name, on the other hand, has not. Whether the White Sox are waiting on the right trade offer for the lefty or whether they’re intending to retain some of their core players during the rebuild remains to be seen.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.