Chicago White Sox GM Rick Hahn can respond to the loss of A.J. Pierzynski in two ways: He can continue to improve the White Sox through a series of calculated measures, or he can be aggressive and replace Pierzynski through a blockbuster trade.
Personally, I believe that the White Sox should be prudent and stay the course.
After all, there is only one real way to replace Pierzynski: by bringing in a left-handed-hitting catcher capable of putting up steady offensive numbers and agitating opponents.
Unfortunately, no other catcher possesses Pierzynski's unique skill set, so Hahn should finish what he has already started.
Specifically, he should add a reliever and a left-handed utility bat. With the current roster structured around deep pitching and solid defense, a couple of small tweaks would give the White Sox a 25-man roster capable of winning the AL Central.
On the other hand, there are players out there who could be had for the right package. These players would completely reshape the direction of the franchise.
With an eye on 2013 and beyond, Hahn can stun White Sox fans by going after one of these left-handed superstars currently under contract.
They will take a lot, but each trade is doable and would help the White Sox overcome Pierzynski's loss.