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The White Sox are getting lots of Chris Sale inquiries

Dec 9, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

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Fox’s Ken Rosenthal reports that “teams are pushing Chicago to consider” trading Chris Sale.

Intriguing, but it seems to me unlikely. Mostly because I have found it useful in life to go back to the idea that if people keep telling you that you should do something you weren’t already considering, it’s more in their best interests than yours. And there isn’t much out there suggesting that the White Sox were considering before now. If they are even considering it now.

If the Sox were to trade Sale, however, the return would have to be pretty darn impressive. Sale is under team control through 2019 and he isn’t too expensive for an ace. This past season he posted a 3.07 ERA and 226/46 K/BB ratio in 214.1 innings. And his future only looks brighter. If you trade that, you better get a Herschel Walker-type return.

In other news: hold many of you are too young to know what I’m talking about when I mention the Herschel Walker deal? I feel like that dates me even more than my references to vaudeville and stuff.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    The White Sox have several left handed starting pitchers. I am sure that there is also interest in Quintana and Santiago, but no interest in Danks.

    • gloccamorra - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      One look at Danks’ post operative performance and a glance at his contract should chase anyone away. The real reason for a possible trade of Sale, Quintana or Santiago is that the White Sox are perilously close to an all-lefty rotation, and an evil cabal of north paws doesn’t want to see that happen.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        The lone north paw in the rotation must be lonely.

  2. phillysports1 - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    If they do trade sale , they would get a really nice package in return js lol but they’re dumb if they do it

  3. pisano - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    No doubt, this guy can be nasty.

  4. dakotaandotter - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    the Sale contract is so amazing the White Sox can get a lot in return for him from a team like the Red Sox who have a lot of great prospects and are ready to once again compete for a WS title.

    • ezthinking - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      It’s so amazing is the reason why you don’t trade him.

      13:$0.85M, 14:$3.5M, 15:$6M, 16:$9.15M, 17:$12M, 18:$12.5M club option ($1M buyout), 19:$13.5M club option ($1M buyout).

      He gets alittle better than Feldman money in 2017.

      Question: Why trade that for a bunch of maybe-maybe not prospects?

      Answer: You don’t.

  5. nymets4ever - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    there are times when an organization must make honest appraisal of itself make tough decisions accordingly. The White Sox are a total mess from the big league roster down to all levels of the farm system. To quote the great Neil Peart you can’t get something for nothing.

    A trade of Sale would be a tough pill for the fanbase to swallow, but it would bring a huge windfall of prospects, prospects they need desperately. They are not built to be competitive with the Tigers, Indians, and Royals right now, and when they are, who knows what Sale’s situation will be?

    For now, his value is at an all-time high, and he could be the difference between a meaningless losing season versus a much more optimistic losing season where you at least see a pipeline of top prospects coming, like is the case with Minnesota.

    • 18thstreet - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      I disagree. A player like Sale is good enough to carry you into the playoffs if you get one other player and get lucky elsewhere. That’s what happened to the 1999 Red Sox. Pedro, Nomar, and a bunch of spare parts. Varitek and Lowe exceeded expectations and some other guys had career years.

      When you have one of the best pitchers in baseball, you hold on for dear life.

      • mikeevergreen - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        Problem with that is what good is a one-year playoff run?

  6. stex52 - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Can’t see it. If he were in arbitration, maybe. They have years of cheap services from one of the best young pitchers in the league. Perhaps this is a good place for people to remember what the word “prospect” means.

    The only deal I would be willing to make as a member of the CWS management would be so good it would keep the other team from making the playoffs.

  7. historiophiliac - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I’d love to see the O’s get him, but it would never happen.

  8. madhouseonmadison - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    The White Sox just spent huge money on Abreu and from all indications here in local media are going to spend more money and make trades to improve the team. A team who is looking to not compete (and build for subsequent years) doesn’t trade one of the best/young/cheap starting pitchers in all of baseball. Complete fabricated news story.

    • ezthinking - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Fabricated? The story says other teams have called him. It would shocking if they haven’t. The story doesn’t say the WS are trading Sale.

      Can’t see a fabrication here.

  9. nelsonsaint - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    I remember the Herschel Walker deal. Thanks for calling me old, Craig.

    • gloccamorra - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      You could have said you were a baby at the time, but your parents saved the newspapers for you to read later.

      BTW, the Walker trade was so big, that five days later, there was an earthquake in San Francisco during the World Series, and it was reported on page five of the papers – the Walker deal was still page one!

  10. flosox - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Had the opportunity to meet Chris last night at FGCU’s Night at the Nest (He’s a Dunk City Alum) and the guy was cool as can be; signing autographs and pics for everyone. Based on comments from his college coach, Dave Tollet, who was one of the key note speakers, the guy has the utmost passion for the game of Baseball. 100% hustle 100% of the time. The WS would be nuts to let him go!

  11. jakefishh - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Please get him out of the AL Central. He’s a Gordon/Moose/Hosmer killer

  12. dylanthom2013 - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Should teams be concerned about his herky-jerky delivery? That inverted W might spell elbow trouble in the future. Mark Prior had the same issue and he ended up not lasting that long unfortunately.

    • gloccamorra - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Mark Prior has actually had a long career, inducing teams to pay him to rehab in the minors year after year. He never played in any games, but the checks arrived like clockwork.

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