This is interesting as the Sox reportedly asking for Swanson shows that the front office really does want a high return for Sale. However, given the Braves fleeced the Arizona Diamondbacks last offseason by trading Shelby Miller for a package including Swanson, it would be very surprising if the Braves were to trade Swanson now.
As for Sale, here’s essentially a summary of the talks thus far: White Sox: Any deal needs to include Swanson Braves: Have a nice day.
If the Sox are going to trade Sale over the next few days, they will most likely want a very strong return for him. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to many as Sale is one of the best pitchers in MLB, and the free agent market for starting pitchers is weak.
The Braves could very well land Sale as they have other intriguing prospects for the Sox. Rick Hahn will have to make sure he gets the best possible return for Sale, as the Sox could still contend in a few seasons. If the Sox have a full rebuild this offseason and trade other players, this team could look very different next season.
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