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- Toronto Blue Jays get LHP Chris Sale
- Chicago White Sox get RHP Aaron Sanchez, RHP Marcus Stroman and OF D.J. Davis
Why the Trade Makes Sense for the Blue Jays
Earlier this offseason, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos explained to Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun that he was in no rush to part with top prospects Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman in order to land Jeff Samardzija.
Chris Sale, of course, is no Samardzija. The tall left-hander is a substantially better pitcher whose addition would catapult the Blue Jays back into contention in the AL East.
In 2013, Sale earned his second straight All-Star berth as he went 11-14 with a 3.04 ERA. Sale also posted a 6.9 WAR and reeled off 226 strikeouts, the third-highest total in the American League. Plus, the starter will be under club control for six more seasons.
Why the Trade Makes Sense for the White Sox
Trading Sale certainly won't help the White Sox avoid another 99-loss campaign in 2014. Then again, that might not matter much, as the club appears unlikely to compete for the AL Central crown with the Tigers, Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians all standing in their way.
However, by 2015 the team could be absolutely loaded. Already this offseason, the White Sox have acquired intriguing young players like third baseman Matt Davidson and center fielder Adam Eaton.
Bringing in Sanchez and Stroman would seriously replenish the organization's pitching depth. In a couple of years, Sanchez could supplant Sale as the White Sox ace. D.J. Davis meanwhile was "widely considered the fastest player in the 2012 draft," according to Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star.