The Washington Nationals and Chicago White Sox couldn’t come to an agreement on a possible Chris Sale trade. But the two teams are in talks again. This time, the prize the Nationals are hoping to land from the White Sox is Adam Eaton.
Source: White Sox working on a deal to send Adam Eaton to the Nationals.
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Eaton certainly doesn’t carry Sale’s cache, but he’s a fantastic overall player. In 2016, Eaton ranked 15th in the league in WAR. Of course, he wouldn’t be cheap. Still, with one of the more respected farm systems in baseball, the Nationals should have the assets to pull the trade off.
Assuming he isn’t part of the trade, the move would likely move the highly touted Trea Turner to either shortstop or left field.
Defensively, Eaton could be penciled into the center field position in Washington. With a career slash line of .284/.357/.414, he’d almost certainly occupy one of the first two spots in the Nationals lineup, as well. In 2016 with the White Sox, Eaton slashed at .284/.362/.428. He also hit 14 home runs and stole 14 bases.