"I harassed KT quite a few times," Hahn laughed. "I don't think I violated any federal or state laws, in either Illinois or Arizona. But he certainly was aware of our interest. I'll put it that way."
Eaton did miss 89 games last season with a sprained left elbow ligament. But that "wasn't something we felt, and our medical people felt, would be a long-term issue," Hahn said. So the White Sox pounced on a guy who has been compared to a young Lenny Dykstra, in his style, his position and his energizer persona. Now all he has to do is stay healthy.
What the outside world is thinking: Eaton may have been expendable in Arizona because of the emergence of A.J. Pollock. But it's hard to find anyone who has seen him who has a negative word to say about him. Asked if he had any fears about him, one scout said: "I guess you could say that kids who play with that kind of aggression and energy are guys you'll always worry about with injuries. And I'm not sure if he's a difference-maker or a nice complementary player. But I think he fills in a lot of cracks for them. I love the way he plays the game. He brings them a lot of intangibles that I don't think we value enough."
The view from here: Of the three teams involved, the White Sox's end of this trade probably carries the least risk, unless Eaton turns out to be a kamikaze who runs into a never-ending string of injuries. "I like what the White Sox did in this deal," said one scout. "My biggest questions are: Will Skaggs be the pitcher -- or close -- Jerry thinks he will be, and will Trumbo produce the way Kevin thinks he will? Those are the two big questions. I really don't have a lot of questions about what the White Sox got. I think Eaton will be exactly what they expect him to be."