Nationals get CF Eaton from White Sox for 3 young pitchers

SPORTSNats trade prospect Lucas Giolito to White Sox in deal for Adam Eaton	Email

Sale says he isn't anxious that he might not be the ace of the pi.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The Chicago White Sox have acquired right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito, the top-ranked pitching prospect in baseball and No. 3 prospect overall, and right-handers Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning from the Washington Nationals in exchange for outfielder Adam Eaton. Washington receives a reliable outfielder in Eaton, who provides a lefty contact bat at the top of the order and allows prospect Trea Turner to return to his natural position of shortstop. This deal indicates that the White Sox are indeed finally deciding to sell. "Chris Sale is obviously one of the top pitchers in baseball, and to kind of be on the back end of this trade, I feel incredible about it".

No, it's not Andrew McCutchen coming to town like many have speculated. He is a veteran of five major-league seasons, is owed a maximum of $38.4 million through 2021. So is closer Kenley Jansen, who's attracting serious interest from the Marlins.

It will be a tough pill for White Sox fans to swallow seeing another productive player traded this week.

Dusty Baker said after the trade that he could see Eaton hitting anywhere from one through seven in the lineup. "Certainly what they did at the big-league level was something we looked at, but probably not quite as closely as what they have done over the body of their career and what they did over the course of their larger sample at the minor-league level". But in this age of evolving bullpens, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch doesn't think much of the save stat. General manager Neal Huntington says he plans to talk things over with McCutchen before the festivities.

That all being said, now take a look at the entire package. The impressive trio heading to the White Sox in this deal joins prospects Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz as significant additions to Chicago's farm system this week. And that might only grow bigger as rumors continue about left-hander Jose Quintana, third baseman Todd Frazier and closer David Robertson.

"We view all three of them, actually, as having the potential to become front-end of the rotation fixtures for us over an extended period of time", Hahn said. "We have for the last several months. but it's nowhere near completed".

The lasting outcome of the White Sox 2005 World Series victory has been a belief that makeshift rosters built to "win now" can actually win now.

Extra emphasis is being put these days on guys who can handle more than one spot. Colorado may move him to first base. But after seeing the moves the Sox have made in the past 28 hours, there is no doubt that the reigns have been turned over to Hahn. They swept the Houston Astros on their way to their first World Series Championship since 1917.

All-Star free agent outfielder Ian Desmond and the Colorado Rockies agreed to a $70 million, five-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Who did the best and who did the worst at these meetings? As long as they come with a multi-year offer, Texas seems like an ideal fit again. The White Sox have been mired in mediocrity for a while now, and the past two trades indicates this front office is serious about choosing a good direction towards contending in the future.