This time, the trade piece is outfielder Adam Eaton, who has reportedly been traded to the Washington Nationals.
Last season, Eaton hit.284 with 14 homers, 59 RBIs and 14 stolen bases, while leading the majors with 18 outfield assists. It was his third season with the White Sox and his fifth in the big leagues.
If the deal goes through, the Nationals would move Trea Turner from center field to shortstop. In return for Eaton, the Nationals sent right-handed pitchers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopezand Dane Dunning to Chicago. They were three of the top-six prospects in the Nationals organization.
"It was one of the few times where the analytics in the war room matched up with the scouting eye", Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Wednesday night. The Red Sox know they have a chance to win it all, so they made a move for maybe the best pitcher in the American League in Chris Sale.
"We have to be careful not to be too thin at that position going into spring, but [Wright playing] is our mindset right now", Alderson said while at the Winter Meetings.
Dunning, 21, is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 6 prospect in Washington's system. He rocketed up the Nationals system past year, ending the season in Washington.
With Eaton, Washington is further solidified as one of the game's best teams.
Summing up White Sox GM Rick Hahn's work this week is this. Eaton was not acquired to get Washington to the playoffs. We've done a lot of deals. Also, Murphy isn't exactly silky smooth at second base, but has proven he can play first just fine (albeit in limited action with the Mets and Nats). I do know he won't impact 2017 in the same way Eaton surely will. People will talk about the White Sox haul this week, and that's great for them.
Eaton's left-handed bat does seem to be a bit of a downside, given the fact the Nationals already are a bit left-handed-heavy with Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. He made his big league debut in June and was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in six starts in the majors.
Giolito has gone 25-15 with a 2.73 ERA (112 ER/369.0 IP) and 397 strikeouts in 75 games (73 starts) over five minor-league seasons after being selected by the Nationals in the first round (16th overall) of the 2012 draft out of Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles.
We would have to start with Willy Adames (to be our Miller) because of his tremendous potential and team control, then would have to add a mid level guy like Jacob Faria (to be our Tyrell) as a low K/inning back of order pitching prospect.
Heston pitched a no-hitter in going 12-11 as a rookie in 2015, but spent most of this year in the minors.