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White Sox Promote Kenny Williams, Rick Hahn

Williams named executive vice president, Hahn gets GM role



    White Sox Promote Kenny Williams, Rick Hahn

    Big changes were announced Friday for the Chicago White Sox.

    The team promoted long-time General Manager Kenny Williams to the position of executive vice president and Rick Hahn, assistant general manager, was announced as his successor.

    "Kenny and Rick together have worked very successfully over the past 12 seasons," White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement, "and I am excited to see this dynamic grow and expand as Rick assumes more day-to-day authority and responsibility while Kenny is allowed to focus even more on macro issues, talent evaluation and long-term planning for the organization.”

    Williams currently is the fourth-longest tenured GM in baseball and was in place when the South Side team won the World Series in 2005.

    Hahn has been with the Sox for 12 seasons and is credited with negotiating contracts for Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Gavin Floyd.

    How will the move affect the team? It has yet to be seen.

    A.J. Pierzynski, whose banner offensive season comes during a contract year, told the Chicago Tribune he doesn't think it'll affect his future because "it's still the same two people in charge."

    The AP reports the team could exercise a $22 million option on Jake Peavy or buy him out for $4 million.