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Still quiet on White Sox front, and that's OK with Hahn

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Two days into the Winter Meetings and an hour or so before general manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura meet with media, all is relatively quiet on the White Sox front. That's the way Hahn likes it, as far as the flow of public information goes, anyway.

"We prefer to keep as much as we can under the radar,'' Hahn told the MLB Network Tuesday morning. "When we're able to operate without other clubs, agents or players knowing what we're thinking it's much, much easier for us to navigate.

"We've had a number of instances over the years - and it's gotten worse with Twitter now - where something starts leaking out and all of a sudden our pace accelerates because we have to get this thing done before another club jumps in or something falls apart. We realize [the media has] a job to do and play a huge role in generating excitement about the offseason or trade deadline moves, but boy, it makes life hard for us sometimes.''

A report began to circulate that free agent A.J. Pierzynski's agent is having discussions with the Yankees, who became one of the logical landing spots for the catcher after Russell Martin jumped to the Pirates. The Red Sox signed Mike Napoli on Monday, to play first base, designated hitter and catch.

Napoli's presence in Boston could prompt the Red Sox to trade 27-year-old switch-hitting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, perhaps to the White Sox in a deal for right-hander Gavin Floyd. Such a move would give the Sox needed hitting from the left side. It would also spoil Tyler Flowers' shot at becoming an everyday catcher.

Pulling the trigger on a significant trade will be an important first for Hahn, who took over as GM from Ken Williams.

"Kenny and I had that conversation last night,'' Hahn said. "It is possible with any deal, even when there is a huge consensus in the room that this makes sense to your organization to see the down side, what could go wrong ... to see the greener pastures that lie ahead if you just wait for the perfect deal. The perfect deal is not walking through that door. So it's a matter of making the best decision on the information you have when the time comes.

"I don't want to lose any of that aggressiveness or creativity that Kenny has. Having him by my side is going to help to make sure that we continue to look for that big move.''

While wanting to stay aggressive, Hahn is emphasizing building a solid base for the organization.

"I will say in that last year and a half you've seen us devote more resources to our international scouting and amateur scouting,'' he said. "We've added seven scouts since the offseason began and we spent close to $10 million on amateur talent last year. I want to continue on in that vein as well - building up our farm system and building from the bottom up to enhance our resources.''


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