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Nationals trade rumors: Washington pursuing both Andrew McCutchen and Chris Sale

Washington is looking to make two big strikes during the Winter Meetings, which are being held on the team’s home turf.

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Nationals are simultaneously pursuing Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and White Sox lefty Chris Sale in trade talks, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Nats are known to be looking to make aggressive strikes at this week’s Winter Meetings, which are being held outside of their home city.

Washington believes it has the prospects to get both deals done, according to Nightengale, though the club will likely have to be willing to deal Trea Turner to facilitate the Sale deal. Chicago’s asking price on Sale is said to be extremely high, with clubs like the Braves and Red Sox seen as threats as well.

The Nationals’ talks with Pittsburgh for McCutchen were reportedly intensifying as of late last week, though the sides have been unable to come to terms on a deal to this point. Prospects Reynaldo Lopez and Victor Robles are known to be of interest to the Pirates, who have also discussed McCutchen with the Rangers and Mariners.

The Nationals, along with the Astros, are seen as an aggressive buyer at this year’s Meetings. Conversely, the White Sox are seen as the strongest seller and will work to start a bidding war for Sale.