CHICAGO – Those who might have hoped for a Crosstown swap of baseball stars likely won’t get the chance to see it.
According to a report from Buster Olney of ESPN, the White Sox have informed the Cubs that they will not engage in trade talks with them for pitcher Chris Sale.
While no major reports have linked the two teams, this report seems to shut down the thought that the Cubs could acquire the talented left-hander to bolster their starting rotation for a World Series title defense in 2017.
As the White Sox eye a major organizational overhaul after an eight-straight season without a playoff appearance, the White Sox have been shopping around their ace over the past month. The hope is that Sale could bring the team a number of prospects in which to build up their minor league system which has slipped a bit given the organization’s “Win Now” mentality over the past few seasons.
In 2016, Sale tied a career-high with 17 wins with 233 strikeouts and a 3.34 ERA. The season before Sale set the White Sox single-season strikeout record with 273. The seven-time All-Star, who started the mid-season classic for the first time last year, has been with the White Sox his entire career since they took him in the first round of the MLB Draft in 2010.