The Nationals are vigorously pursuing a trade for White Sox ace Chris Sale, according to multiple reports. And the collective baseball Internet is hyped for the prospect of a rotation including Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Chris Sale.
MLB Network's Jon Heyman, who has been reporting on the Sale-to-Washington negotiations, thinks the move could put together the best rotation in baseball.
Sale is not a bad place for the nats to focus. Rotation starting with scherzer sale strasburg would be baseball's best.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 6, 2016
Cue Mets righthander Noah Syndergaard, who was all too eager to shut that down.
But look at the numbers. Last season, Scherzer, Strasburg and Sale finished with 2.96, 3.60 and 3.34 ERAs, respectively. Scherzer led the NL with 20 wins, Sale had 17 and Strasburg had 15. As for strikeouts, Scherzer led the MLB with 284, Sale came in 5th with 233 and Strasburg ranked 21st with 183.
It would be a spectacular group.
Thor didn't say whose rotation would be better than those three. Himself, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey? Close, but not quite. At least not yet.
UPDATE 1:34 p.m.: The Nationals lost on out Sale, who was instead traded to the Red Sox.
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