The Nationals missed out on a major trade target when news broke this afternoon that the White Sox had traded ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox.
The report comes from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Washington had been the frontrunner to land Sale as recently as this morning. And as recently as 30 minutes ago, the Nationals vs. Red Sox contest seemed like it could go either way.
But apparently the Nats couldn't match Boston's offer of Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech plus two minor leaguers, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Moncada, Kopech and 2 very young minor leaguers go to chisox in Sale deal. Moncada, Kopech obvs the keys for CWS.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 6, 2016
Nats tried hard, offered top prospects. But CWS obvs liked moncada and kopech. Very high ceilings.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 6, 2016
Now, the dream rotation of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Sale won't happen.
The trade for Sale was so close, it could impact other potential deals for the Nationals. The team reportedly explored trading Gio Gonzalez to the Yankees if Sale indeed ended up in Washington.
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