UPDATE — The Red Sox are "pushing the hardest" to acquire Chris Sale, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
While Boston is interested, a source told Rosenthal he shouldn't "waste his time" reporting on Sale trade talks.
Boston and Chicago had late night talks with regard to Chris Sale, and the Dodgers and Red Sox are considered the favorites if the White Sox move him, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
Boston's offer would feature Andrew Benintendi and Eduardo Rodriguez, with Yoan Moncada unlikely to be included, according to MLB.com's Phil Rogers.
ORIGINAL — If the White Sox decide to move starter Chris Sale in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline, the Rangers, Dodgers and Red Sox would be among the teams interested, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
Chicago is seeking five top players in a deal for Sale, according to Heyman.
Los Angeles, Boston and Texas all have minor league depth, which could make them the favorites to make substantive offers for Sale, who is a five-time All-Star.
The White Sox and Dodgers have had conversations with regard to Sale involving Julio Urias and Jose DeLeon, two of the club’s top pitching prospects, according to Heyman.
Third base prospect Joey Gallo, infielder Jurickson Profar and outfielder Nomar Mazara have been brought up in Texas’ conversations with Chicago, Heyman adds. If the Rangers are able to acquire Jonathan Lucroy, though, they might not have the prospects necessary to add Sale.
While Heyman has been told Boston views its chances acquiring Sale as a long shot, he notes Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi and Michael Kopech would be the prospects the White Sox are interested in.
An executive of a team involved in trade talks for Sale told Heyman he doesn’t believe Sale will be moved, but the White Sox, who are 10.5 games behind the first-place Indians in the American League Central, seem to be fielding offers.
Sale, 27, is having another solid season, pitching to a 3.17 ERA and 3.70 FIP over 139.0 innings. He’s pitched to a career 2.95 ERA and 3.06 FIP and has made at least 26 starts in each of the last four years.
The White Sox appear to have high expectations in a deal for Sale or Jose Quintana, but since there aren’t many controllable starting pitchers known to be available, Chicago might be able to get a team to overpay.