White Sox send Adam Eaton to Nationals for three top prospects

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The Chicago White Sox continued their offseason fire sale on Wednesday, sending outfielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals in exchange for three top pitching prospects.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirmed that the White Sox would trade Eaton, who is under club control through 2021, for the Nats' No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito, who is also the third-best overall pitching prospect in baseball.

Washington's No. 3 prospect Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning, who is ranked No. 6, are also headed to the South Side along with Giolito.

The trade package was first reported by CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes.

It's a hefty return for Eaton, who batted .284 with 14 home runs, AL-leading nine triples and 59 RBI in 2016. The 28-year-old center-fielder is owed $38 million over the next five years, making his contract extremely team-friendly.

The move comes just one day after the White Sox dealt ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox in a deal that included the No. 1 overall prospect in MLB, third baseman Yoan Moncada. Chicago has now acquired two of baseball's Top 3 prospects over the past two days.