Breaking Down Chris Sale's Potential Trade Deadline Suitors

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIIJuly 12, 2013

Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale could be on the move at the MLB trade deadline.

Just weeks after Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the only two players the ChiSox wanted to hang on to were Paul Konerko and Sale, it appears that Sale could, in fact, be for sale.

Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports said that it "is possible" that the White Sox will move Sale before the deadline on Thursday, just 14 days after the team said Sale was untouchable.

Perhaps, the Sox read Ken Rosenthal's column about why Sale should be traded. Rosenthal made an excellent case, citing the fact that no true aces are up for sale and that the White Sox could get a huge return for their ace.

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.

If Sale does become available just about every team in the MLB will want him. However, only a few will be legitimate contenders to nab him


Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers really need an ace right now, after Yu Darvish hit the DL with a back injury.

The 26-year-old Japanese phenom looked like he could win the AL Cy Young and potentially reach 300 strikeouts before being sidelined for over two weeks, and now, the team needs another arm atop the rotation to help Derek Holland.

By adding Sale to a rotation that already includes Darvish and Holland, the Rangers would certainly have the pitching to make a World Series run once again.

The team's offense has not been nearly as good as it was last year, averaging 4.37 runs per game this year as opposed to 4.99 last year.

The loss of Josh Hamilton and his 43 home runs and 128 RBI hurt the team, and with few talented hitters on the market, the Rangers need to shut down opponents to win games.

The Rangers have several prospects who would interest the White Sox.

Jurickson Profar is probably off the table, but 3B Mike Olt, SS Luis Sardinas, RHP Cody Buckel and C Jorge Alfaro are all talented players who could help get this deal done.


Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox sit atop the AL East, but they only lead by 3.5 over the Tampa Bay Rays, 5.5 games over the Baltimore Orioles and six games over the rival New York Yankees.

The team is looking to add a starting pitcher, and if Sale becomes available, they're likely make a big push for him.

The team leads the MLB in runs scored, but ranks 17th in ERA at 3.95. By adding Sale and getting Clay Buchholz back from the DL, the Red Sox would put themselves into a position to win the AL East, clinch home-field advantage throughout the postseason and even make a run to try to win the World Series.

The Red Sox definitely have the prospects to make this deal happen if they are willing to part with them, and a young ace like Sale might be worth it.

Guys like SS Xander Bogaerts and RHP Anthony Ranaudo are elite prospects who could interest the White Sox, and coupling one of them with another prospect or two could make this trade work.


NL West

The Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants all need a starting pitcher.

After the Los Angeles Dodgers traded for Ricky Nolasco, they look like they could emerge as the team to beat once again, and the other four teams need to play catch up.

The Diamondbacks currently lead the division, but desperately need another starting pitcher, other than the struggling Ian Kennedy, to help Patrick Corbin.

The Rockies have a talented offense led by Carlos Gonzalez, Dexter Fowler and Troy Tulowitzki, but they rank dead last in the NL in ERA.

The Padres are finally fighting for a playoff spot after years of misery, but that won't happen unless the team improves its 4.19 ERA which ranks 13th in the NL.

The Giants are falling out of the race after winning the World Series last year. They need another arm to avoid missing the postseason.

The NL West is the closest divisional race from top to bottom, and the need for starting pitching in the division could cause just about every team to get involved in the Chris Sale sweepstakes.



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