FORT MYERS, Fla. — Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale is furious with team management, telling USA Today the players were lied to regarding the retirement of Adam LaRoche.
Sale did not hold back, saying that White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams, and not LaRoche, should have walked out of the clubhouse.
There is a toxic situation brewing in White Sox camp, and it seems to be getting worse by the hour.
It’s time for Dave Dombrowski to make a phone call.
The Red Sox need help for the their rotation beyond David Price; that has been evident in spring training. Eduardo Rodriguez is injured and will miss at least a month. Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, and Rick Porcello are No. 3 or 4 starter types.
Get Sale, and the Sox have the best rotation in the American League East.
Sale turns 27 later this month and is under control through 2019 on team-friendly terms. He’s durable, too, missing only a handful of starts over the last four years.
Sale would come at an enormous cost, however.
Let’s start with Sam Travis. The first base prospect has been the talk of Red Sox camp with his offensive exploits. He also happens to be from the Chicago area and would give the White Sox a young star they could promote. His trade value may never be higher.
If the White Sox want Rafael Devers or Andrew Benintendi instead of Travis, so be it. They get one of that trio.
Chicago will want high-end pitching, too. With Michel Kopech injured and quite possibly a knucklehead, Anderson Espinoza has to be included in the package. You aren’t getting Sale without giving up a prime-time mound prospect.
With LaRoche gone, Chicago needs a first baseman/DH type. Send them Allen Craig and pick up $18 million of the $21 million he is owed.
From there, draw up a list of players and let the White Sox pick two. Put Deven Marrero, Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, Roenis Elias, Marco Hernandez, Matt Barnes, and Pat Light on the table.
So the final package would be something like Travis (or Devers or Benintendi), Espinoza, Craig, $18 million, and two others for Sale.
Chicago gets five players, two the Red Sox will absolutely hate to give up. The Red Sox get a co-ace for Price and a road back to the playoffs.
Sale is young, accomplished, and affordable for four more years. He is an immensely valuable commodity, and any deal for him has to hurt. The only trade you can make for Sale is one that the Prospect Industrial Complex will hate.
In the end, the White Sox will probably make peace with Sale. But Dombrowski needs to give it a shot now and again in July. Better now because it might be too late in July with this rotation.
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