The Chicago White Sox appear to be in for a big performance leading up to the MLB trade deadline. The team is in desperate need of offense, and may have to part with pitching to bring some to town.
That leads us to ace pitcher Chris Sale. He’s one of the best in the MLB right now and the White Sox are unlikely to move him, but should they?
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports seems to think so:
If I’m the White Sox, I’m making left-hander Chris Sale available.
The time is right; the market for starting pitching stinks.
Matt Garza is an oft-injured rental. Yovani Gallardo has a 4.85 ERA. Kyle Lohse is 35, Bud Norris has never pitched for a contender, and Joe Saunders is, well, Joe Saunders.
David Price isn’t out there. Cliff Lee isn’t out there. No ace is out there. Some smart team is going to exploit the shortfall by putting a top-of-the-rotation starter in play.
The White Sox should be that team.
Rosenthal has a point. Chicago could land close to a historic haul in exchange for Sale considering the state of the market right now. Offense is the problem, not pitching.
Plenty of scouts from around the MLB have been watching Sale as of late, so the interest is there. Now may be the time for the White Sox to put Sale on sale.
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