Hahn senses optimism around White Sox

Whether he's out on the town or simply checking messages, general manager Rick Hahn can sense the excitement and optimism surrounding the Chicago White Sox.

He joked that the "voice mails in the middle of the night have changed in tenor." For that, he says "thank you."

The vibe when Hahn and manager Robin Ventura took the stage Saturday during the team's fan convention was decidedly upbeat thanks to a series of moves that left many believing this team can win the AL Central.

Chicago added some left-handed pop by signing Adam LaRoche and bolstered its rotation by trading for right-hander Jeff Samardzija with one year left on his contract.

The White Sox also signed closer David Robertson and outfielder Melky Cabrera along with reliever Zach Duke.

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