Let’s face it.
The Chicago White Sox are an average team looking to squeak into the playoffs or at least be above .500 so that Jerry Reinsdorf can write the season up as a win.
So to a degree, it would make sense to call the season for what it is (pretty much lost), look at the mostly barren minor league farm system and then plan for the future accordingly, which might include trading guys like Todd Frazier, Jose Quintana, David Roberson and even Chris Sale.
Yes, a favorite for the AL Cy Young Award might finally be on the trading block if the White Sox are 100% serious about building a complete baseball team.
However, it doesn’t seem like the Sox have that vision in mind.
Another source says the #WhiteSox were offered a "king's ransom" for Sale in the last 48 hours and responded with a flat "no."
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 21, 2016
Still, at least the White Sox are a bit cognizant of who they are and where they’re at in terms of going forward which is saying something.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 21, 2016
The #Whitesox expected to keep rotation intact, but everyone else, except SS Tim Anderson, are in play at trade deadline
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 21, 2016
Now, I will admit that I think trading Chris Sale is a bad move. He’s such a unique player and pitcher that it will be hard to not to demand a myriad of both proven players and elite prospects in return. Even then, I’d be very hesitant.
And can we talk about the contract that he’s on?
The Chris Sale trade rumors make me laugh. No way, in today's game, for #WhiteSox to get equal value for him, given his contract.
— Jay Cohen (@jcohenap) July 21, 2016
Sale signed a 5 year/32.5 million extension back in 2013 that was peanuts even by that market value standards.
Now? It’s insanely valuable.
It does beg the question of who exactly would make the offer? The Los Angeles Dodgers are certainly one possible team, as are the Boston Red Sox but what about the North Siders themselves?
That’s right, what if the Chicago Cubs are the ones that made the huge offer?
It’s certainly possible: they have both the proven, young talent as well as a plethora of assets to pull it off.
And they were trying to acquire Drew Pomeranz only to flip him. Maybe they would’ve kept Sale to pair with Jake Arrieta (God that sounds scary) or maybe they would’ve flipped him for multiple pieces.
For now and for the foreseeable future, it doesn’t seem like Chris Sale is going anywhere. But others? Stay tuned.