Written by: Tre LyDay – Staff Writing Intern (@trelyday03)
After Chris Sale cut up the team’s’ throwback jerseys, he became the next big name pitcher in trade talks. Reports were that Sale didn’t like the front office valuing marketing and money over winning. Then it begs the question; do the White Sox really need Sale? Sale says they value money over winning, but they haven’t been winning the past few years, so is it time to trade Sale, and try again? I say yes.
As painful as it may be for White Sox fans, it’s time to move on, and try again. In the past decade the White Sox have only finished above .500 four times, and as of Thursday they stand at 50-51. The White Sox don’t have a lot of top prospects, and this is a golden opportunity to bring some in.
Chris Sale has been hands down the best pitcher in the American League Central for the past few years, and there’s not even a close second, but the Sox are fighting an uphill battle. They have an up and coming pitcher in Carson Fulmer, but after that there’s still a lot left to be desired. The White Sox need a lot. They need a shortstop, a catcher and an outfield prospect or two wouldn’t hurt. A Chris Sale trade would command a lot in terms of prospects, and it’d take some real magic for them to haul in all their needs in one trade, but as usual for a guy of Sale’s caliber teams will line up for a chance to bring him in.
One team that comes to mind, as usual is the Yankees. They obviously have the financial means to pay his lucrative contract. They just traded Chapman, and brought in Gleyber Torres and Billy McKinney, so you could say they have prospects to spare. They also have catcher Gary Sanchez in the minors that they could use in a deal for Sale, but I would have a hard time believing they’d give up Aaron Judge, especially since there’s still a chance the Yankees might call him up possibly when the roster expands to 40 players. The Yankees are vying for a Wild Card spot, and if they managed to pull this trade off then it would drastically increase their chances.
Another team would be the Red Sox. This trade is a little more of a longshot, because this trade would most likely have to involve the Red Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada, and the Red Sox seem completely intent on keeping him. Seeing as everyone loves hypotheticals, let’s say they did make this trade. The Red Sox, who are currently two and a half back in the AL East, and own the second Wild Card spot, would have two Cy Young left handed pitchers, and would have to be the favorites to win the division.
A third team would be the Texas Rangers. The Rangers were one of the teams in the running for Aroldis Chapman, and it’s been noted that they are looking for left handed pitching whether it be bullpen or starter. Just like a trade for Chapman, a trade for Sale would more than likely involve Joey Gallo. The White Sox might want to go one step above Jurickson Profar, and ask for Rougned Odor, or Elvis Andrus to complete their middle infield. Outfielder Lewis Brinson could be apart of any deal as well.
Sale is under contract until 2019, so if someone were to acquire Sale they would get immediate help, and have his services for the next three years.