Chris Sale Newsbeat
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016
The order from the bosses: Make one trade for every team. Done. I had to rewrite this whole thing, though, because I had the Yankees trading Brian McCann to the Astros, and then it really happened. You should have seen some of the deals I had in the original piece.
Chicago White Sox trade LHP Chris Sale and RHP David Robertson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for OF Yasiel Puig, RHP Jose De Leon, RHP Yadier Alvarez, and OF Alex Verdugo.
OK, let’s start with a blockbuster. The White Sox have the ability to control the strings of this offseason depending on what they decide to do with Sale, Jose Quintana, Melky Cabrera and Todd Frazier, who could all be moved if Rick Hahn tears things up. Sale is so valuable because he’s so good and will make just $38 million over the next three seasons. Puig is the big name here, but De Leon would enter the ChiSox rotation in 2017, while Alvarez and Verdugo are both top-100 prospects for 2017.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
How many teams shouldn’t be inquiring about Sale? Not many.
If the Chicago White Sox are indeed willing to listen to offers for their outstanding lefty starter, Chris Sale, the Cardinals need to be on the other end of that conversation. I know the Cards like to talk about their depth at starting pitching, and the emergence of their top prospect Alex Reyes, and the return of Lance Lynn, and how they’ll have approximately 217 candidates to fill the five rotation spots — OK, a slight exaggeration. But here’s what St. Louis doesn’t have: a true “A” No. 1, a king of the hill, a top of the heap starter. I’m channeling Sinatra here, but you get the point.
Posted: November 16, 2016 at 10:23 AM | 23 comment(s)
Imagine a rotation that included Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg ... and Chris Sale.
The Nationals can.
Add the Nats to the list of teams pursuing Sale, a list that likely includes the majority of teams in baseball.
Major-league sources confirmed the Nationals’ interest in Sale on Tuesday. The likelihood of a deal with the White Sox, however, is unknown.
The Nats’ edge is that they have A) a farm system that can satisfy the White Sox and B) a general manager, Mike Rizzo, who relishes making bold moves.
Posted: November 16, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 14 comment(s)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
They have the pieces. Will they want to pull the trigger to get it done?
he Braves’ top young player is shortstop Dansby Swanson, but the White Sox have a very good young shortstop in Tim Anderson, and the Braves have many more good young players, so perhaps they could do it without Swanson. The Braves have other fine infield prospects (Ozzie Albies, Rio Ruiz, Austin Riley, Kevin Maitan and Travis Demeritte) plus a stash of young pitchers (Sean Newcomb, Mike Soroka, Ian Anderson, Touki Toussaint, Max Fried, Joey Wentz, Kyle Muller, Lucas Sims) that could form the basis of a big deal
Posted: November 15, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 23 comment(s)
Monday, August 01, 2016
Could the Yankees jump in on Sale?
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Those factors pretty much make this analysis useless.
Obviously, factors such as contract length, pending free agency status, team record and payroll availability all play a role in such trades. But from a pure, on-the-field baseball standpoint, it’s clear getting an equal return back for an ace in a deadline deal is a tricky proposition based on our findings.
Posted: July 30, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 14 comment(s)
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
When will baseball ban scissors from locker room? Haven’t uniforms suffered enough? Of course, had the White Sox only used breathable cotton, this tragedy could have been averted.
Sale’s crazy plan to get out of wearing the throwbacks reminded some of the “Seinfeld” episode in which George Costanza tied the Yankees’ World Series trophy to the back of his car and dragged it around in an effort to be fired by owner George Steinbrenner.
“I fear no reprisals,” Costanza shouted into a megaphone.
Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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