MLB Rumors: White Sox ache over Curtis Granderson’s Qualifying Offer
The White Sox made it known that they were going to pursue Chicago native outfielder Curtis Granderson should he become available as a free agent this off-season. But that knowledge hurt the White Sox after Granderson received a qualifying offer from the New York Yankees.
In an article by Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago, he explains how Rick Hahn no longer views Granderson as a player that falls in the “it’s only money” category when trying to coax Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf into signing that player. The White Sox have a protected first round pick in the 2014 draft (3rd overall), so they do not have to give up the first round pick if they are able to sign a player who received a qualifying offer. The Sox will have to give up a second round pick in the event of signing any player that was given a qualifying offer this year.
“I actually caught myself saying to Jerry, ‘you know it’s just money,’ which I then had to catch myself and quickly expand upon,” Hahn said last week. “By that I meant we aren’t giving up a draft pick. We aren’t giving up players in addition to money. What we’re doing here is reallocating resources we cleared off last summer and devoting them to something we felt was the long-term benefit.”
Rick Hahn would prefer to build up the farm system in addition to making a quick turn around from the 99-loss season. Though he knows the turn over will not be complete in one year, he hopes to have a winning team as soon as possible. The White Sox are expecting to spend about $14 million combined in the amateur draft and international signings.
The Yankees had extended a $14.1 million qualifying offer to Curtis Granderson who becomes a free agent come midnight Tuesday. The 32-year-old will likely not see a long-term offer from the White Sox, but his left-handed bat, and 41 and 43 home runs in 2011 and 2012, respectively, make him attractive to his hometown team.
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