Braves Interested In Chris Sale?

This offseason has been full of talk of the Braves acquiring a good starting pitcher. Even more so, the talk of acquiring the most misused word in baseball, an ace.

While many remain optimistic of a David Price trade, Day 1 of the Winter Meetings has brought wind of a new possibility in Chris Sale.

The White Sox are reportedly open to dealing their starting pitchers, as they likely plan to spend the next season or two rebuilding. Obviously, with a team friendly deal in tow (Sale signed a 5 year/$32.5MM deal with two team options just over 9 months ago), a pitcher of Sale’s caliber would take a bit more that David Price, who has just two very expensive arbitration years left before free agency.

While the Braves farm isn’t the gold mine it used to be(they’ve promoted countless players over the past 3 years), they do still possess a plethora of quality starting pitching prospects. Some fans might have Mark Teixeira flashbacks, but at 6 years just over $55MM for a top 10 pitcher, this is the kind of deal you sell the farm on. With Jason Heyward and Justin Upton set to become free agents after the 2015 season, the Braves have to be in win-now mode, and a deal for Sale would certainly be on line with that thinking.

In my mind, these talks would have to include two of our young arms. There have also been reports in the White Sox looking for a third baseman and catcher, recently inquiring on Chase Headley and bidding on Juan Uribe. Not sure how much they would be interested in Evan Gattis, but I’d guess Christian Bethancourt is off the table after letting Brian McCann walk. The Braves aren’t likely to fill immediate holes for the club, but could give them quality, affordable high upside arms for their post rebuilding teams.

While it might be a longshot, it is not impossible and may be the only sensible means for the Braves to acquire an “ace” this offseason.

Topics: Braves, Chris Sale, David Price, White Sox

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  • Jesus

    what I’m reading is the Sox won’t move Sale but are open to moving Quintana. I fear Sale would require Teheran and that kinda defeats the purpose doesn’t it?

  • rick staley

    what about Heyward, Wood, Hale, Pastornicky, Uggla,and $10 million for Sale & DeAza (in GM’s doghouse) should at least make them consider contemplation. DeAza can move into leadoff slot, JUp10 can slide back to RF, and DeAza can man LF.

    the only reason i include J-Hey is i believe he will choose free agency after 2015. so, getting pieces like DeAza & Sale would keep the roster ultra competitive. also, since Sale is controllable on a team-friendly deal, and an Ace, extending Freeman, Simmons, Minor, Medlen, Kimbrel (?) will be easier to do w/o Heyward trying to dig in Wren’s budgetary dollars…imho.

    • Brandon_Woodworth

      Heyward is a 5 win player in a full year. Trading him would be stupid and is out of the question.

      • rick staley

        has he ever played more than 140 gms. since coming up regularly to the show??. sale was a 6.9 WAR in’13.. 1.073 WHIP..214 IP..226 K’s..4 shutouts on a 6-yr $55 million team friendly deal. j-hey will be gone in 2-yrs.& you can count on that.

        Braves would be wise to get something more than a guaranteed pick like an Ace in Sale now instead of worrying about j-hey staying healthy. the only thing stupid is not moving an over-valued player when you have an opportunity. Jason will ask for twice the money Sale is signed for and that’s being very conservative.

        • Brandon_Woodworth

          If you’re trying to justify trading Jason Heyward by comparing his WAR to Chris Sale’s, just stop.

          I don’t understand why you think trading your leadoff hitter and star in the making is a good idea in any situation for a surefire contender, let alone why the White Sox would want a guy who is getting more expensive, and who will be gone in free agency before they have a winning club again.

          Your trade makes absolutely no sense, and insisting the Braves need an “ace” to win is naive and wrong.

          • rick staley

            we all have our opinions about our teams in general. just because you feel yours is right doesn’t give you the right to judge others’ ideas by calling them wrong or stupid.

            heyward is an injury awaiting to happen. fact. yes. i cheer for him to do well, but he has not put up the consistent numbers as sale has…period. we’ve been waiting for the star in the making thing and due to injury, the pathway has stalled to such summit. An ace SP at an unbelievable economic cost is simply too much to ignore given the budgetary strains in Tomahawk Nation.

            once a dominant sp is in place, then this organization can discuss the possibility of advancing in the postseason. de aza can hit leadoff in his stead, and he has a little pop (albeit nothing like j-hey) and speed. maximize your window of opportunity by thinking out of the box by dealing heyward now before he bolts. only for sale do i suggest we move him…only sale!

    • Matt Talbert

      Hey Rick whats up man, good to see ya. Great idea…but I doubt they’d do it. I don’t want them to trade Wood…instead I’d rather give up Graham who I think is Hanson Jr.