Desperate times call for desperate measures. After missing out on Mark Melancon, Chris Sale and Wade Davis the Washington Nationals went all in and have acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for prospect pitchers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning, according to many reports, including Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago.
Eaton, 28, slashed .284/.362/.428 with 14 home runs and 14 steals, almost a replica of his 2015 campaign. He also is a solid right fielder, but doesn't play in center particularly well.
In return for Eaton, the White Sox gets Washington's top-ranked prospect, as well as their third-ranked and sixth-ranked prospects, in the form of the aforementioned Giolito, Lopez and Dunning. All three are right handed pitchers and all three are projected to be very, very good. Giolito is the highest rated prospect pitcher in all of baseball, and Lopez comes in as the 38th-best overall prospect. Giolito made a few appearances in the bigs last year and didn't look great but should be just fine once he gets a full year, something that will happen with the Sox. Lopez should also be ready to go this year, with his high 90s fastball and change of pace curve. Dunning is still a couple years away, but his fastball already has a ton of movement, and also has total control of his changeup.
Simply put, this is a massive over-payment. Adam Eaton is a very good player, but in no way shape or form is worth three high end pitching prospects. The White Sox entered the winter meetings with a very weak prospect pool and are already going to leave with these three arms, along with Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech. They also still have Jose Abreu, Jose Quintana and David Robertson to possibly deal meaning the rebuild is likely on for the South Siders.null