Chris Sale is one of the best pitchers in the MLB today. It is crazy to think that the Chicago White Sox will consider shopping him around the league just because of a rift with executive vice president Kenny Williams.
The rumors and speculations began when Sale criticized Williams on Friday regarding the retirement of Adam LaRoche. The LaRoche retirement controversy is one of the weirdest and most talked about topics in baseball this past week.
However, White Sox chairmen and owner Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement about the situation and told all team personnel and employees can’t say anything publicly anymore on the LaRoche issue. On the other hand, general manager Rick Hahn announced that the White Sox will not trade or shop Chris Sale despite receiving inquiries from other teams.
“Nothing has changed in terms of our direction or expectations for the upcoming season. We remain committed to putting this current club in as good a position as possible to contend this year,” Hahn said via an email to CSN Chicago.
Sale will be turning 27 years old on March 30 but he’s already a four-time All-Star. He’s also one of best left-handed pitchers in the game not named Clayton Kershaw. In six seasons in the majors, Chris Sale has a career-record of 57-40 with 2.91 ERA and 1,011 strikeouts.
He has also finished in the Top 6 of the AL Cy Young Award voting for the past four seasons. Add the fact that he is under team control until 2019 makes him an untouchable player for the White Sox. He was back on the mound last Saturday and made no comments about his issues with Williams.
“From (today) forward, we’re showing up to play baseball. I don’t think there’s anything else to talk about. We have a job to do and I think going forward, moving forward, that’s what we’re here for,” Sale said, per USA Today.
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