The White Sox continue to deal away.
This time, it’s outfielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals for three of the Nationals’ top prospects: #1 (and #3 in MLB) Lucas Giolito, #3 (and #38 in MLB) Reynaldo Lopez, and #6 (and #29 overall pick in the 2016 Draft) Dane Dunning.
So, after the Nationals whiffed on bringing back closer Mark Melancon, were reportedly close to acquiring former MVP Andrew McCutchen before things broke down, and were the runners-up to the Chris Sale sweepstakes, the Nationals finally made a bold move, albeit at a very high price.
The Nationals will get Adam Eaton patrolling center field (or right field once Harper departs) for the next 5 years at a very affordable price.
The White Sox will be adding two pitching studs to its rotation for the next 5 years, even as early as Opening Day 2017. Adding Lopez and Giolito to a prospect haul that already includes Kopech could set the White Sox up nicely for its rotation for the next several years.
Imagine this rotation: Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, Reynaldo Lopez, Carlos Rodon, and Carson Fulmer. Future catcher and fellow top-100 prospect Zach Collins must be drooling at the prospect of catching those pitchers when he cames his debut in a few years. That is a very promising rotation and gives White Sox fans something to look forward to after their cross-town rivals just won the World Series. That and the idea of Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada being their double-play combo for years.
The White Sox have added four top-50 prospects in the past two days, and they still have valuable pieces in Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Jose Abreu.
Who will the White Sox trade next? Did the Nationals pay too much? Would you prefer McCutchen or Eaton as a Nationals fan? Comment below!