The White Sox Got a Haul for Adam Eaton
By Peter Santo
Well that was a win now move if I’ve ever seen one. It was just announced that the Nationals have acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from the White Sox in exchange for Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning.
This is pretty much the same package the Nats were offering the White Sox for Chris Sale and the Pirates for Andrew McCutchen.
Sale is a Cy Young caliber pitcher, McCutchen is a superstar coming off a down year. Adam Eaton is neither of those things, he hit .284 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs last season for the White Sox.
Don’t get me wrong, Eaton is an excellent outfielder with some pop, and he’s pretty fast, but this package of prospects is insane. Giolito is the number one pitching prospect in all of baseball, and the Nationals had touted him as untouchable for a long time. He struggled in his six starts last season, going 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA, but give the guy some time.
Lopez had an up and down year for the Nationals last season. He showed flashes of brilliance, including a 7 IP 1 ER 11 K performance on August 18th where he was downright filthy. But overall he had a 4.91 ERA in six starts. He’s just 22 years old, and was also a lot to give up.
As if two top pitching prospects weren’t enough to land Adam Eaton (still shocked by this), the Nationals also traded Dane Dunning, their 2016 first round pick.
If you were wondering if the Nationals were in win now mode, there’s your answer. With Bryce Harper likely leaving in free agency following the 2018 season, the Nats are going championship or bust the next two years. Eaton gives them another dynamic outfielder to pair with Harper and Jayson Werth.
After getting what I thought was a sub-par package of prospects from the Red Sox for Chris Sale, Rich Hahn really outdid himself with this one. Chicago’s farm system has immediately gone from one of the worst to one of the best in baseball in the span of two days.
And there’s no telling where Hahn will stop, it appears the White Sox are in full rebuild mode now, and they have plenty more pieces they can move. Expect Hahn to continue to field calls on Jose Quintana and Todd Frazier as well as possibly David Robertson and Jose Abreu. The Atlanta Braves have emerged as a potential landing spot for Quintana while the Dodgers have shown interest in Frazier.
Stay tuned, I’m sure these MLB GMs aren’t done dealing just yet.