The Chicago White Sox have been dangling left handed starting pitcher Chris Sale for nearly a year. However, it’s now MLB Winter Meetings time, which means the rumor mill is absolutely churning. Also, the White Sox ranked behind the Oakland Athletics in attendance last season and are desperate to turn their franchise around. At first, the Sale rumors disgusted me because of his age and his team-friendly contract.
However, one look at the White Sox current roster and it’s obvious that Chicago needs more than a lanky lefty to make noise in the AL Central. In addition, the pitching on the open market remains rather weak as Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez are being heralded like former Cy Young Award winners. Hence, the asking price for Sale has only gone up and the White Sox would be foolish to pass up an offer with numerous top-notch prospects.
While a deal involving Sale would definitely garner the most in return; don’t be surprised if the White Sox flip starting pitchers Hector Santiago and/or Jose Quintana by the end of this week. Both lefties have interesting resumes, yet the shallow pitching market makes each a hot commodities.
All in all, Sale is firmly on the trade block, but White Sox general manager Rick Hahn knows that his asking price must be met for No. 49 to be dealt out of the Windy City.