With the Winter Meetings set to begin, the Washington Nationals are looking to make a huge splash as Bob Nightengale reports that they are interested in Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox.
Sale, 27, has been with the White Sox for the entire duration of his seven years in the majors and he has enjoyed massive success with them, as he is a perrenial All-Star and Cy Young candidate. His numbers speak for themselves as a starter, averaging close to 15 wins a seasons and an ERA just above three.
Plus, Sale has been very durable, averaging over 200 innings a year since 2012. Sale is under contract through the 2019 season, in which he'll earn a total of $38 million (AAV of $12.6M). Sale will bring with him a highly documented tumultuous attitude that has resulted in discipline from the his organization. The White Sox asking price is reportedly a very high price to pay.
McCutchen, 30, is also a team-lifer as he has been in the majors with the Pirates since 2009 and he's also been a perennial All-Star, as well as also being a multi-time MVP candidate and he actually won the award in 2009. He also has four Silver Slugger awards and won a Gold Glove in 2012.
However, McCutchen is coming off a down season in 2016 as he set career lows in AVG, OBP, and SLG. He is set to make $14 million in 2017 and then the final year of his contract in 2018, he'll make $14.7 million.
The Nationals will likely lose Bryce Harper to free agency following the 2018 season so they're possibly looking to make a playoff push within the next couple of seasons.null