Everyone knows by now that the Chicago White Sox are not afraid to trade top talent for prospects in return. Now as the 2014 MLB Winter Meetings get heated in the opening day, they claim they want to trade a starting pitcher. Those included in the rumors are John Danks, Jose Quintana, Hector Santiago and Chris Sale. Wait, what was that last name? Did they just sign Sale to a long-term deal? Why in the world would they trade him?
One thing that is undeniable for the White Sox at this point is that their farm system is not as strong as many other teams who have had a rough season or two. Many teams are looking for starting pitching and many teams have already been linked to a possible David Price trade. If the White Sox really want to build their farm system in a hurry, a trade of Sale would absolutely do that.
Sale is a good starter worth a solid few prospects on his worst week. He has the promise to be an ace-level starter for years to come. On top of that he has about six years of contract control left on his current deal. Why would the Sox trade him? From the standpoint of wanting to build the farm system and maximize player value, the question really is why wouldn’t they?
Of course from the standpoint that the White Sox might actually want to win this year themselves, one would imagine they would want to hang on to Sale and trade one of the other guys. Each of them would also bring something nice in return in the way of prospects. For a huge splash to the farm system though, Sale would definitely be the way to go.