Reportedly, the White Sox and Nationals have discussed a deal for Chris Sale built around pitcher Lucas Giolito and outfielder Victor Robles, with more progress needed. In the eyes of some rival evaluators, this would be a big step down from the trade demands that the White Sox had back in July, when they set very high asking prices.
Some teams are concerned about Giolito, who is often given the No. 1 prospect ranking in the Washington system but is coming off a spotty 2016 season. He had 12 walks and 11 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings with a 6.75 ERA for the Nationals this year, a very small sample size but enough to reinforce questions about him.
• Rick Hahn says the White Sox know what they want to do.
• Washington GM Mike Rizzo has an outstanding trade history.
• One executive assessed the chances of a Washington-Chris Sale deal at 80/20, writes Joel Sherman.