The Chicago White Sox will surely miss the postseason once again with their current record at 70-74 and currently sits fourth in the AL Central standings. According to the latest MLB rumors, the White Sox might go on a rebuilding mode this winter and it will start by trading left-handed ace Chris Sale.
The White Sox were off to a great start but struggled for the past several months. They also had some drama during the season with Sale getting suspended five games by the team for insubordination on July 24 after destroying their throwback jerseys with a knife.
According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the White Sox are now open to trading their ace this winter. He noted that Chicago will listen to trade offers but one team source believes that Chris Sale is not going anywhere.
“The odds of getting what we feel we need to get are slim. That’s why I think Chris will be with us in 2017,” the source told the Globe.
Nevertheless, the White Sox are now open to rebuilding as they are set to miss the playoffs for the eighth straight year. Chris Sale won’t come cheap since he is considered as baseball’s second-best left-handed pitcher after a guy named Clayton Kershaw.
Sale will not come cheap as CBS Sports reported back at the deadline that the White Sox are demanding at least five prospects. Teams such as the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees were linked but no trade was made.
It should be noted that these are just MLB rumors at the moment but expect things to heat up during the Winter Meetings. Chris Sale is among the top pitchers in the league and he would instantly make a contender into World Series favorites.
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