The Washington Nationals were unable to trade the farm to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for former Cy Young winner Chris Sale. But still looking to make a splash, the Nationals went back to the White Sox, and have made a deal.
Multiple sources have confirmed that the Nationals will trade Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and 2016 first-round pick Dane Dunning to the White Sox for outfielder Adam Eaton, pending physicals.
Eaton, 28 years old, will be entering his sixth season, having played two seasons with the Diamondbacks and two season with the White Sox.
Eaton has never made an All-Star team, but has a solid OBP of .357 and has back-to-back seasons of 14 home runs and at least 50 RBIs. He also has a very friendly contract, having recently signed a five-year, $23.5 million contract.
In return, the White Sox get a treasure trove of prospects.
Giolito is the top prospect in the Nationals' organization and one of the top prospects in all of MLB. He appeared in six games for the nationals in 2016, finishing with a 6.75 ERA and 11 strikeouts. Lopez, the No. 4 prospect in the organization, appeared in 11 games in 2016, finishing with a 4.91 ERA and 42 strikeouts.
Dunning, one of the ace of the Florida Gators' staff, was selected by the Nationals with the 29th pick of the 2016 MLB Draft.
But considering the Nationals were willing to give up numerous top prospects for Chris Sale or Andrew McCutchen, it's puzzling that the Nationals would receive just Eaton in return.
The Nationals offered Giolito, Lopez, Dunning, and Robles for Chris Sale. They just traded Giolito, Lopez, and Dunning for Adam Eaton.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) December 7, 2016
Heading into the 2016 winter meetings, it was well known that the Nationals were interested in making a big splash and shaking things up.
Wow...— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) December 7, 2016
It looks like they're doing just that.
By Jason Dobkin
The Nationals were ready to give up a host of top prospects to get Chris Sale from the White Sox.
They weren't able to nab the ace — Chicago decided to trade Sale to the Red Sox for a group of prospects headlined by second baseman Yoan Moncada — but it wasn't for lack of a competitive offer.
The Nats were deep in talks with the White Sox on Monday night, offering up two of their top prospects in right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito and outfielder Victor Robles. They were also reportedly willing to let go of another top pitching prospect, Reynaldo Lopez, who originally wasn't on the table.
Nats on Sale: This morning, they were willing to add Lopez to a package of Giolito and Robles. A huge haul. White Sox chose Moncada et al.— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) December 7, 2016
Giolito and Robles are two of the best prospects in baseball, and Lopez isn't far behind. Moncada, though, is considered possibly the No. 1 prospect. In addition to Moncada, the Red Sox also gave up stud pitching prospect Michael Kopech.
The Nats could have possibly gotten a deal done involving Trea Turner, but they weren't willing to budge on him.
The Nationals' missing on Sale comes not long after they also missed out on pitcher Mark Melancon, who signed with the Giants.
Considering how much Washington was willing to part with to get Sale, losing out on him probably hurts.