The market for Sale is definitely heating up. With several teams still interested, the question remains who would give the best return. Boston always had interest. Phil RogerstweetedAndrew Benintendi and Eduardo Rodriguez as highlights of the trade. That was in August. Boston can put together a great package. Possibly better than what Washington is offering.
Boston has a lot of talented prospects. Benintendi already has some major league experience and is a good young outfielder. Rodriguez is another talented lefty. He struggled some in 20 starts with Boston, going 4-7 with a 4.71 ERA. However, he’s only 23 and can still develop into a great pitcher. Both guys would fill some holes for the organization. The White Sox could replace Sale with another talented pitcher and they get help in the outfield. Not to mention the Red Sox would surely include a few other prospects.
Lucas Giolito and Victor Robles of Washington are good prospects but lack solid major league experience. If the Sox hope to be contenders soon, they need to get some players that are already major league ready. That would help fast track their rebuild. I think the organization is open to rebuilding but they don’t want it to be drawn out. They want to be a winning organization within a few seasons. If they want that, then they need to get guys who can contribute almost immediately. Not guys they may need to wait for.
If Boston can offer two guys who can already contribute at the major league level and additional prospects who are a few seasons away, that might be the better deal. It might not be possible for them to go wrong. They are going to get a ton of talent for Sale. It’s just a matter of when and where it comes from.