CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- With the White Sox’s playoff ticket punched, general manager Rick Hahn has his eyes set on his club making a deep run.
Hahn is serious enough about that belief that he promoted 21-year-old left-hander Garrett Crochet on Friday, just three months after the team selected him in the first round of the amateur draft. The American League-best White Sox (33-17) envision Crochet as an added weapon for their bullpen, and his ascension was another sign that now is a golden opportunity to chase a championship, even if the club is inexperienced.
“As the guys in that clubhouse look at each other and the coaches, we try to evaluate objectively where we are,” Hahn said. “We know this team is capable of winning the World Series. With that said, we know there will be seven other really tough teams in the American League in this postseason pool. We all have seen strange things happen in a short series. I certainly can't predict what is going to happen in terms of the results in October, but we do feel health permitting over the next 10 days or so, we are in a very strong position as a team capable of making some noise.”
Just how much noise?
"We will find out in about five weeks about that one,” Hahn replied when asked if the team is ready to win a championship now. "What we previously slow-rolled was exactly when this championship window was going to open for us. The question was if and when we felt we were capable of winning the World Series.”
White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, an AL MVP front-runner, believes the team has the right ingredients to win a championship.
"We have accomplished the first step,” Abreu said before the White Sox visited the Reds on Friday evening. “We have to keep doing what we have been doing and finish the regular season strong. Once it's ended, a new phase will start and we must be ready for that. If for whatever reason we don't win the World Series, that's baseball. We are brewing something special, and I would 't put any limit on what we can do. We will see where were this ends -- hopefully with a World Series championship. We will see.”
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.