MLB impact: Ranking baseball’s decision makers for 2018: Part 1

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- APRIL 27: General manager Thad Levine of the Minnesota Twins against the Cincinnati Reds on April 27, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Reds defeated the Twins 15-9. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Thad Levine
MINNEAPOLIS, MN- APRIL 27: General manager Thad Levine of the Minnesota Twins against the Cincinnati Reds on April 27, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Reds defeated the Twins 15-9. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Thad Levine /
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CHICAGO – MAY 27: Cuban outfielder Luis Robbert and Chicago White Sox Senior Vice-President and General Manager Rick Hahhn participate in a press conference to announce the signing of Robert prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers on May 27, 2017 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois.(Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

27. Rick Hahn, Chicago White Sox, -8.5 games

Hahn achieved some measure of notice in 2017 by trading many of the team’s stars – notably starter Chris Sale – for prospects expected to provide the Great Come and Get It any minute now. That feast assuredly did not arrive in 2018.

Of 10 players who came in by trade since the end of the 2017 season, Trayce Thompson had the most impact, and it hurt. Acquired from Oakland in April for a player to be named, Thompson hit .116 in 130 plate appearances, good for a -1.5 WAA. The net impact of all of Hahn’s team-to-team deals in 2018 was -2.1 games.

He signed or re-signed 8 free agents, generating an additional -3.4 games of WAA against Chicago’s ledger. The biggest culprit was reliever Bruce Rondon, 2-3 with an 8.49 ERA and -1.5 WAA prior to his release. But Rondon was merely the worst of a bad lot. Counting the 8 arrivals plus the value of three others who departed the South Side for other free agent locales, Hahn’s net free agent impact was -2.7 games.

That put the onus on Chicago’s farm system, whose simultaneous failure to produce completes the portrait of the 62-100 team that the Sox ended up being.  Nine fresh farm system products dotted the White Sox’ 2018 roster at one time or another during the season, all nine of them producing negative values. Starter Carson Fulmer may eventually have value, but in 2018 his 8 starts yielded a 2-4 record, 8.07 ERA and -1.3 WAA.