The Chicago White Sox fire sale is official. First they sent Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox and now they have dealt Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals. They have received some of the games best prospects in these two trades:
Not only was Eaton worth six wins above replacement in the estimation of both Fangraphs and Baseball Reference last season, he’s also on a wildly affordable contract that guarantees him just $19.9MM over the next three seasons and comes with two affordable club options. All told, his earnings can top out at $38.4MM if both options are picked up. For five eminently affordable years of a player of that ilk, it’s not surprising that multiple top 50 overall prospects and a 2016 first-round pick were required to pry Eaton away from the White Sox, who very clearly appear to be in the midst of an aggressive rebuilding process. - MLB Trade Rumors
Eaton was 4th in OF WAR last season, behind Mike Trout, Kris Bryant and Mookie Betts. Bryce Harper ranked 17th. He hit .285 with 29 doubles and 14 home runs. He had a .362 OBP to go with just a 16% K rate.
He should find himself batting leadoff for Washington, ahead of Trea Turner and Daniel Murphy in he Nationals lineup.
Chicago acquired Eaton in a three team deal back in December 2013
- The Chicago White Sox sent Hector Santiago to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. .
- The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sent Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks sent Adam Eaton to the Chicago White Sox and Tyler Skaggs to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Giolito should find himself making starts for Chicago in 2017. He appeared in 6 games, making four starts for Washington this past year. in 21 innings he walked 12 and struck out 11. However, in the Minors at A-AA-AA, he struck out 116 in 115 innings with a 2.97 ERA. He entered 2016 as a top 5 prospect and the #1 RHP in baseball.
Lopez appeared in 11 games for the Nationals, making six starts. Over 44 innings, he punched our 42 while walking 22. Between AA-AA, he compiled 109 innings, striking out 126 with a 3.21 ERA.