Slick Rick earned a B- for his 2013 transactions, and now we move to a year that brought us Melky and Robertson while also sending classic names like Dunn, Beckham De Aza packing.
6/5/14: DRAFTED CARLOS RODON IN THE 1ST ROUND (3RD OVERALL)
Aaron Nola, Kyle Freeland, Michael Conforto, Trea Turner, Matt Chapman, Jack Flaherty. These are players taken in the first round of the 2014 draft after Carlos Rodon who have a higher career WAR than our current ace.
6/6/14: DRAFTED JACE FRY IN THE 3RD ROUND
Fry appeared in 59 games in 2018 for the Sox and pitched better than his 4.38 ERA would have you believe. That’s represented by his 2.67 FIP, which was good enough to finish in the top ten for relief pitchers in that category. The Sox signed Kelvin Herrera and Alex Colome to be back-end bullpen arms for 2019, but don’t be surprised if Fry competes for the closer role in some capacity.
6/7/14: DRAFTED AARON BUMMER IN THE 19TH ROUND
Rick seems to thrive in the 19th round for some reason. In 2013 he picked Adam Engel and the very next year he took Bummer. As I stated in the 2013 evaluation, whenever you find a Major League player this late in the draft, it’s a win.
8/21/14: TRADED GORDON BECKHAM TO ANGELS FOR PLAYER TO BE NAMED LATER (YENCY ALMONTE)
Remember when Gordo came up in 2009 and received some Rookie of the Year consideration? And then every pitcher in the MLB watched five minutes of film and decided to not let him get hits anymore? That was awesome. He’s now in camp with the Tigers on a non-roster invite. However, this trade string actually worked out quite well for the Sox. Almonte, whom they received for Beckham, was traded to the Rockies for Tommy Kahnle. Kahnle performed well enough to be a major piece of the trade with the Yankees which gave the Sox Blake Rutherford, who is still considered a top prospect in the organization.
8/30/14: TRADED ALEJANDRO DE AZA TO ORIOLES FOR MARK BLACKMAR AND MIGUEL CHALAS
Alejandro De Aza is just one of those fun White Sox names to remember. Blackmar and Chalas both fizzled out in the minor leagues, so this ended up being a wash as the Sox acquired De Aza off waivers for virtually nothing. Still, Alejandro was always fun to watch:
8/31/14: TRADED ADAM DUNN TO ATHLETICS FOR NOLAN SANBURN
Can’t expect to get much for a slugger that can’t slug anymore. Dunn only hit 18 home runs in the season the Sox finally parted ways with him. He retired later that year. Sanburn was eventually released by the Sox in 2017. The Big Donkey didn’t have a great run with the Sox, but I challenge you to name a more intimidating pitching presence:
10/30/14: PAUL KONERKO GRANTED FREE AGENCY
11/18/14: SIGNED ZACH DUKE AS A FREE AGENT
Duke was fine for the Sox for two seasons and then when eventually shipped to St. Louis for Charlie Tilson. At one point Tilson was penciled into the starting center field spot, but injuries derailed his career and he might be cut before spring training ends in 2019.
12/9/14: TRADED MARCUS SEMIEN, JOSH PHEGLEY, CHRIS BASSITT AND RANGEL RAVELO TO ATHLETICS FOR JEFF SAMARDZIJA AND MICHAEL YNOA
Phegley and Bassitt are still with the A’s and battling for playing time at the Major League level, but the biggest reason why this trade sucked is Marcus Semien. He turned out to be the best player in the deal. He’s not an all-star, but is still the starting shortstop for the A’s. Who would’ve thought the Sox would get more out of Ynoa (who the Sox recently let go) than Samardzija. Jeff started a grand total of 32 games for the Sox before rejecting a qualifying offer and signing with the Giants the next season. At least he had enough time to teach Chris Sale how to be a psychopath.
12/10/14: SIGNED DAVID ROBERTSON AS A FREE AGENT
Robertson signed a four-year, $46 million deal with the Sox and pitched exactly as you would’ve hoped before being sent back to the Yankees as part of the Blake Rutherford deal. On the surface this looks fine, but an argument could be made that the Sox overpaid for Robertson as he was making more at this time than Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman.
12/16/14: SIGNED MELKY CABRERA AS A FREE AGENT
The Melk Man was never a great player with the Sox, but he was entertaining. He was eventually shipped to Kansas City for a pair of minor league pitchers, AJ Puckett and Andre Davis. At $42 million over three years, was he a little overpaid? Probably. But if he was never in Chicago we wouldn’t have gotten this:
Most of the trades Rick Hahn made in 2014 didn’t return much value. The Dunn and De Aza trades were standard operating procedure…you can’t get much in return for old used cars. The Beckham trade was definitely a win considering it eventually led to Tommy Kahnle, but the big Semien trade cancels that out. For these reasons, Rick Hahn gets a C for 2014.