Since April, Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has sounded like a lame-duck executive that rather point the finger at Twitter as opposed to his own failure.
It has been clear since the end of the 2022 season that the White Sox were an organization in need of a front office restructure from top to bottom but loyalty has always remained their flaw.
That may be on the verge of changing.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported on Sunday that the White Sox are conducting internal meetings with the threat of massive organizational changes happening at the end of the season.
"The Chicago White Sox are conducting a series of internal interviews to determine whether dramatic changes are needed inside the front office or the coaching staff. This has been one of the most disappointing and painful seasons in chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s tenure.GM Rick Hahn has one year left on his contract while manager Pedro Grifol has two years remaining.-USA Today"
This is the first time since it has been clear that the rebuild was a failure that there has been a hint of the White Sox being willing to make changes to their front office structure. Hahn deflected questions about his future when speaking with reporters after the MLB Trade Deadline earlier this month but it left the door open that he may not be serving in the same position with the White Sox by this time next season.
The Chicago White Sox are having internal meetings to learn what fans already know.
Thanks to Nightengale, we also finally got a glimpse into the contract statuses of both Hahn and manager Pedro Grifol.
Hahn’s current contract with the White Sox expires at the end of next season. There has been a shift in speculation regarding Hahn’s future with the team. Now, there appears to be growing expectation that Hahn will not be serving as the team’s general manager next season. It would seem likely that the White Sox would move Hahn to a different level of the organization, however, as opposed to firing him.
As for Grifol, it would seem that his fate will be tied to Hann’s. If Hahn is no longer the “top baseball guy” in the White Sox organization, it would seem that Grifol will likely be one-and-done in regard to his White Sox tenure.
The only for the White Sox to get back on track would be a complete reset. That reset can’t just be exclusive to the players on the roster. The people that have made the baseball decisions for the White Sox since 2005 have failed. For as upset as Jerry Reinsdorf may be, he deserves just as much blame as anyone for why the rebuild has resulted in the White Sox becoming a laughing stock.