Report: Nationals and White Sox close to Chris Sale trade

With the winter meetings underway, the Chicago Whie Sox and Washington Nationals are reportedly close to a blockbuster Chris Sale trade.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that Washington would send top prospects Lucas Giolito and Victor Robles to Chicago for Chris Sale.

A few thoughts certainly come from this.

One, Sale will enjoy pitching for the Nationals. They don’t have a long history, so he won’t have to worry about those pesky throwback jersey promotions.

In all seriousness, though, Washington was already one of baseball’s best teams. Adding Sale is a sign that the Nats are gearing up to challenge the Chicago Cubs for National League supremacy.

It’s also a complete “all-in” move for Washington, should the trade go through.

The Nationals have been one of baseball’s best teams since 2012 but have consistently failed in the playoffs.┬áThe acquisition of Sale will be done to win a World Series before Bryce Harper’s contract expires in 2018.

If Washington lands Sale but doesn’t win a World Series in the 2012-18 window, it will go down as one of the biggest disappointments in MLB history.