Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn publicly stated last week that he will listen to offers for any player on his roster, including American League Cy Young Award front-runner Chris Sale, who is tied for the major league lead with 14 wins and has a 3.18 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. Just 27, he’s signed to a club-friendly contract and is under team control through 2019.
It’s rare that teams listen to offers for a No. 1 starter, much less one who is still in his prime and is Cy Young-worthy. But the White Sox are indeed listening, and I thought it would be a fun exercise to see what they would be asking for in exchange for their ace. Remember, these are NOT deals I think will happen. I just present them to lay out the asking price, what type of package the White Sox would expect in return from five teams — Red Sox, Rangers, Nationals, Cubs, Dodgers — that could be interested in the lanky lefty.
Also, props to ESPN colleague David Schoenfield, who suggested the White Sox should look into a trade of Sale more than a month ago (on June 21).