At some point, general manager Rick Hahn will put down his phone.
But he’s not ready to relax just yet after making six trades in 18 days.
“It’s not 3 o’clock on Monday yet,” Hahn said in reference to the trade deadline. “We’re going to continue with our conversations and see if any of them lead anywhere.”
The White Sox have acquired 12 minor-league prospects this month alone and still have time to add more before the deadline. That number does not include the offseason trades of Chris Sale to the Red Sox and Adam Eaton to the Nationals, which yielded seven additional prospects.
The stockpile increased Sunday as the Sox traded Melky Cabrera to the Royals for right-hander A.J. Puckett and left-hander Andre Davis. Puckett was the Royals’ top pick (second round, No. 67 overall) in 2016, and Davis was an eighth-round pick in 2015.
“As I told Melky directly this morning, he has been outstanding for this organization since he first put on our uniform, not only in terms of his performance between the white lines but for what he did in the clubhouse,” Hahn said. “He’s a great ambassador for the game, very enthusiastic, passionate player, and he’ll be missed.
“That said, as we’ve made no secret about over the last several months, this is about preparing ourselves for the future, and we were able to pick up another couple of interesting arms.”
Puckett, 22, was ranked as the 13th-best prospect in the Royals’ organization, according to MLB.com. The 6-4, 210-pounder was 9-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 20 starts for Class A Wilmington and was named to the Carolina League All-Star team this season.
Davis, 23, was 5-4 with a 4.83 ERA in 18 starts with Class A Lexington.
Take a look at Hahn’s whirlwind July, during which he has landed eight hitters and four pitchers:
He traded away Jose Quintana (Cubs), Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle…