Hahn: White Sox Chris Sale Will Not be Traded

Chris Sale, the Chicago White Sox ace who delivered some harsh words for team president Kenny Williams regarding the widely reported Adam LaRoche retirement, will not be traded, general manager Rick Hahn  told a Chicago reporter.

Under affordable control through 2019 with a contract that will pay him $9.1 million this year, $12 million in 2017 and $12.5 million and $13.5 million options the following two seasons, the soon-to-be 27-year-old Sale is considered one of the best starting pitchers in baseball. The four-time All-Star was 13-11 with a 3.41 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings over 31 starts and 208.2 innings for a White Sox club that finished 76-86 in 2015.

saleSale is projected to anchor a rotation that also includes fellow left-handers Jose Quintana, Carlos Rodon and John Danks; and right-hander Mat Latos. The White Sox believe they can contend with that rotation along with a lineup that features newcomers Todd Frazier, Austin Jackson, Jimmy Rollins, Alex Avila and Brett Lawrie, and returnees Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia and Melky Cabrera.

Jackson’s signing coupled with LaRoche’s retirement will likely lead to Cabrera and Garcia sharing time at DH.

 

About the Author

Jeff Louderback
A former sports writer for a daily newspaper in Ohio, Jeff Louderback is a professional freelance writer, author and editor who lives in the midst of Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. He writes baseball features for several publications, including prospect profiles for Baseball America. He served as the founder, editor and columnist for Sox and Pinstripes, a blog that covered the Red Sox and Yankees; and BoSox Banter, a site that covered the Red Sox, the Red Sox farm system and baseball-themed travel. Jeff is also the co-author of the life story of former Major League pitcher Brian Tollberg, whose inspirational story saw him rise from the University of North Florida and the independent Frontier League’s Chillicothe Paints to a climb up the minors in the Brewers and Padres systems before tasting success in the majors with the Padres. The book will be released in 2016.

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