The Washington Nationals have won the National League East three times in the last five years, but they've yet to get past the NLDS. With the team's window to win a championship closing quickly, general manager Mike Rizzo is looking to do whatever he can to put the Nationals in position to win the World Series even if that means trading away his top prospects for Chicago White Sox ace, Chris Sale.
According to a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the club is ramping up their effort to acquire Sale. The White Sox and Nationals are meeting face-to-face to discuss options today.
The Nationals already have defending Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer and fellow ace Stephen Strasburg, but Rizzo understands that adding someone like Sale would give the Nationals a leg up on the competition. Washington would have the best one-two-three combination of any team in MLB and it would give them a major advantage come postseason time.
Washington refuses to deal Trea Turner, who was the team MVP in the second-half of last season after being called up from the minors. That leaves Lucas Golito, Victor Robles, Reynaldo Lopez, and Erick Fedde as the Nationals' top prospects. White Sox chairman has stated "You have to have four prospects that can't miss" in order to move someone like Sale, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, and it remains unclear if the Nationals have what the White Sox would be looking for.
The Boston Red Sox also reportedly remain interested in Chris Sale and they also have some top prospects to offer the White Sox. Yoan Moncada would be first on the list while Chicago could also seek Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers, Jason Groome, or Michael Kopech in any deal for Sale.
The arms race for Sale will continue to be one of the biggest ones to keep an eye this offseason.null