Despite trading Adam Eaton and Chris Sale, the Chicago White Sox believe they can compete right now.

That could potentially force the front office into an odd position as they attempt a rebuild.

"Our goal is to remain focused on the long term and building something sustainable," Rick Hahn said. "If this team puts itself in a position to contend this year, we aren't going to proactively hinder their ability to contend if we feel it's real and sustainable and that the performance level and health and depth of the roster indicates that it could conceivably take the club into October.

"At the same time, that also entails being honest with ourselves about where we're at and as objectively as we can, evaluating our chances and what's best for the franchise in the long term."