The White Sox are in a bit of a tough spot as they are not ready to be sellers however, the way everything is shaping up may force them to be. After giving up some of their top prospects to acquire Todd Frazier last season, they are in desperate need of replenishing the farm system and a Chris Sale trade could be just what the doctor ordered.
It seems at this time there are plenty of teams that have Sale on their radar but the hard part for these teams is what exactly will they have to give up. It is likely that if a team were to pry Sale from the White Sox it would take a King’s ransom. Let us take a look at some of the teams that have shown interest in Sale and what they could potentially offer for the All-Star.
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox are no stranger to acquiring big time names either through trade or free agency as they have welcomed in big time names such as Yoenis Cespedes and David Price over the past several seasons. Despite having this roster full of All-Star caliber players, the Red Sox also have a bevy of young studs waiting in the wings. If they were to give the White Sox a call, it is likely that either Yoan Moncada or Andrew Benintendi would have to be in the mix or possibly even both. It is unlikely the Red Sox would pull the trigger if that was the case but they would also likely be salivating at the thought of their starting rotation with the addition of Sale.
Now this would just be unfair if the Cubs could somehow get Sale from their crosstown rival without breaking up the team that just broke the 108 year curse this past season. However, it is just about impossible for them to do so as the White Sox would almost certainly ask for at least one major league ready star in return. The Cubs have a solid starting unit but if they could add a name like Sale to the mix, this team could make a serious run at the early 2000’s Mariners win record.
Add Sale’s name to the long list of players that the Astros are interested in this offseason as it seems like any name that comes onto the market the Astros are in on. With the additions of Brian McCann and Josh Reddick, the lineup is in a good place and the rotation is definitely a spot where they would like to focus this offseason. They have some solid players down in the minors in Kyle Tucker, Forrest Whitley and Francis Martes but it is not clear if those names would be enough in a deal for Sale.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Let us just day dream about this for a second, a one-two punch of Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale. Now wouldn’t that be something special folks? If there is a team that will pull the trigger on a big time trade you may just be looking at them as they are no stranger to acquiring big time talent. They also have youngin’ by the name of Julio Urias who may be the key piece in a deal that would send Sale to the West Coast.
Whether it be Andrew McCutchen or Chris Sale, it seems like the Nationals are going to make a big splash on the trade market this offseason and really put their team over the top. They happen to have the best pitching prospect in all of baseball (Lucas Giolito) and plenty of depth down in the minors to make this deal happen. The one thing that could stop them in the end would be if they are asked to include a player like Trea Turner, this would likely turn them away immediately.