The 2016 MLB trade deadline is just several days away and Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox is one of the names that may be moved. According to the latest MLB rumors, the New York Yankees could acquire Sale from the White Sox.
The Yankees are still in contention for a playoff wild card spot and adding an ace like Sale will help their chances. The 27-year-old pitcher is the second best left-hander in the majors just behind Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, the White Sox are willing to trade Sale for five top prospects. It is not too much considering Sale is one of the best starters in MLB and he’s on a very affordable deal until the 2019 season.
Heyman noted that the Yankees have called the White Sox multiple times to inquire about Sale. Even though general manager Brian Cashman has not confirmed it, he also denied commenting about which means there is real interest.
New York has been replenishing their farm system but they certainly could afford Sale via trade. They have prospects such as shortstops Jorge Mateo and Gleyber Torres, starting pitcher Luis Severino, catcher Gary Sanchez, first baseman Greg Bird, and outfielder Aaron Judge.
However, the Yankees have some competition on the trade market for Sale. Other teams that have rumored interest on the five-time All-Star include the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, LA Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.
Sale recently made headlines when he was suspended by the White Sox for improper clubhouse conduct. It caused many MLB rumors to swirl and those may come true at the deadline on August 1. However, he seems determined to take the White Sox to the postseason.
“They said their side, I said my side. I’m ready to talk about baseball and getting back to winning and getting the Chicago White Sox into the postseason,” Sale said, via Chicago Tribune.
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