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News and Notes: No discount on Sale from White Sox

When Brett Cecil is going to make approximately what Chris Sale is in 2017, no wonder why teams are lining up to trade for the White Sox southpaw.

There may have been discount tag on Chris Sale, but strangely it's been cut off.
There may have been discount tag on Chris Sale, but strangely it's been cut off.
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White Sox have pick of suitors for Chris Sale |

If Sale actually is for sale, he'd be the best starting pitcher available this winter by a country mile, and that's not even considering his contract situation, which is fantastic ($12.0M in 2017, then team options in 2018 and 2019) given what the free agent starters are going to get.

And related....

MLB Hot Stove: White Sox are reportedly open to trading away several top players -

I don't necessarily think the White Sox have to trade all their good players, especially if they get a great haul for Chris Sale. But I would definitely dangle David Robertson on the trade market given what Brett Cecil (see below) just got.

Are we really so sure the White Sox should trade Chris Sale? -

Grant Brisbee cautions that getting a great return (and especially a quick return) for a player like Sale is not a guarantee.

Report: Cardinals sign reliever Brett Cecil |

Apparently the Cardinals weren't all that concerned with losing Tim Cooney, as they have (reportedly) signed left-handed reliever Brett Cecil to a four-year deal worth $30.5M. And those four years include a full no-trade clause. Needless to say, Cecil had lots of leverage in this deal, as I'm not sure what else he possibly could have gotten (his own private jet to road games?)

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Yankees' Gleyber Torres wins AFL MVP award |

Torres was acquired by the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman deal.