Confirmed: The White Sox have no problem making a trade with the Cubs
The White Sox are likely rebuilding, and GM Rick Hahn isn't ruling out any potential trading partners
Needless to say, Sale, as one of the best starting pitchers in baseball, has wide appeal. That's especially the case given the almost total lack of free agent starting pitchers this winter.
Anyhow, if you're a contender, then you almost certainly have a need for an ace like Sale. Know who's a contender right now? The crosstown Cubs.
This isn't to say that the Cubs are in heated talks for any current White Sox. Rather, it's to say that Sox GM Rick Hahn isn't opposed to the idea of making a big trade with the champs on the North Side. Per the Chicago Tribune:
"To clarify any confusion regarding our stance on possible trading partners, we want to once again make it clear that our primary goal is to make our club better. We will consider any trade, with any team, that improves the Chicago White Sox.
"As I have said many times over the years, we are always open to discussing trades with all 29 other clubs. We even have completed trades within our division, despite facing these teams 19 times a year, and while trades between the Cubs and White Sox will always draw heightened scrutiny and attention, it makes no sense for us to ever eliminate any potential trading partners."
He's right, of course. Maybe there's something to be said for not trading a long-term asset within the division, but ruling out a team in the other league just because of civic tribalism? That doesn't make much sense, especially when a team like the Cubs has so much young talent that could be involved in such a blockbuster.
It's a bit of an obvious point, but, no, those paid to make player personnel decisions don't think like fans. That's a good thing, even if it doesn't mean we should start Photoshopping Cubs jerseys on to Chris Sale. Yet, anyway.