Dave Dombrowski reportedly made the rounds at the GM meetings, querying almost every team for available players. One name that’s cropped up: White Sox ace Chris Sale.
The reliable lefty has averaged 197 inning in the last four seasons, and in 2015, he finished with a 3.14 ERA and a career-high 274 strikeouts.
According to CSNChicago.com, the White Sox are “fond’’ of Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who could be a piece of the large bounty required to send Sale to Boston.
“At some point, we’re going to most likely do something that is painful one way or the other,’’ Dombroski said, via The Boston Globe. “But if you’re trying to get quality talent, you’re going to have to do that at some point.’’
The comments have led to speculation the Red Sox would be willing to part with Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, or Jackie Bradley Jr.
Few teams boast a farm system or enough talent to absorb the cost of Sale. But one AL executive suggested the Boston Red Sox would be the franchise most capable of acquiring Sale and one [White Sox general manager Rick] Hahn would prefer because of the talent within.
Hahn likely would begin negotiations by aiming incredibly high and asking for a package revolving around shortstop Xander Bogaerts, 22, who produced a .320/.355/.421 slash line with seven home runs and 81 RBIs in his second full season in 2015.
While the Red Sox are best equipped to make a deal, talks amongst all GMs have so far only reached the preliminary stages.
“There has been a lot of productive and interesting dialogue,’’ Hahn said, via CSNChicago.com. “Now whether that actually translates into deals or people take it back to their offices and get a little more in depth with some free agents — that slows down some of the trade market — I don’t know yet. There certainly has been a real fluid exchange of ideas. We’ll see where it goes.’’
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