By now, most people are aware that the Chicago White Sox are going to try and rebuild this offseason. Chris Sale is on the trade market and is supposed to be dealt sometime this offseason.
There are several teams that could create a package big enough to land Sale, including the other baseball team in Chicago. The Cubs have a loaded farm system and have plenty of prospects to acquire almost any player they want. However, the White Sox will refuse to give them Sale according to one MLB insider.
"But since this offseason began, perception of the White Sox’s intentions has changed. Some evaluators now believe they will move Sale as Chicago begins a major makeover of its 40-man roster. The White Sox have told the Cubs they won’t deal with them, but it appears that a handful of teams — the Dodgers, Cardinals, Rangers, Nationals and Astros, among others — have a legitimate shot at landing MLB’s second-best left-hander."
This is what makes being a White Sox fan unbelievably hard.
The White Sox and Cubs are not in the same division or league. The White Sox won't come close to being in the World Series anytime soon, so if the Cubs offered a great package for Sale why wouldn't they, at the very least, consider it? If we're being honest, the White Sox can't afford to turn down anyone who is willing to trade for Sale, who is baseball's most valuable trade chip at the moment.
The White Sox front office is doing the team a disservice by not at least listening to a Cubs offer. The Cubs may not be able to put in the best offer, but at this point, any competitive offer has to be listened to. Let's put it this way. Does Theo Epstein give a shit about a crosstown rivalry? No. Theo is trying to win as many championships as possible, even if it means helping the White Sox become a better team in the future.
If you didn't think Jerry Reisdorf was a joke already, then you have to now.