The Chicago White Sox continued their rebuilding process on Wednesday by trading outfielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals for right-handed pitchers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning.
This trade signals that the Nationals are clearly going for it all in 2017 as they are hoping that Adam Eaton can be a key piece to make the Nationals world series contenders. Eaton has been a very good and consistent player for the past few years. However, it seems like the Nationals gave up too much in order to acquire Eaton. Lucas Giolito was viewed as the Nationals best prospect and Reynaldo Lopez was ranked as the team’s number 3 prospect. Also, Dane Dunning was the 1st round pick for the Nationals just last season and he is a quality prospect as well. It does make sense for Washington to acquire Eaton since they can now play him in his natural position of center field. Meanwhile, the Nationals can move star player Trea Turner from center field back to his normal position of shortstop. Eaton doesn’t bring much power to the Nationals lineup as the most home runs that he has hit is 14. However, Eaton does have a good batting average and he drives in runs as well as he hit .284 with 59 RBI’s for the White Sox last season. Eaton will probably never be a star player in the MLB and he isn’t a flashy player. However, he does basically everything well as he is a consistent hitter and a solid defensive player as well. The Nationals are clearly getting a very good player with Adam Eaton, yet the prospects that the Nationals gave up is way too much. This is a trade that will help the Nationals right away, but long-term this is a deal that they could really regret considering the young talent that they gave up.
White Sox evaluation:
The White Sox are clearly in a rebuild mode after they traded away star pitcher Chris Sale to the Red Sox on Tuesday. Clearly, Chicago has no plans to compete next season which is why the Adam Eaton trade makes so much sense. Eaton is a good player, but he isn’t the type of player that the White Sox can build around for the future. He is a good complimentary piece on a contending team, but he would do no good for a rebuilding White Sox team. This trade looks even better when considering the 3 outstanding prospects that Chicago received in return for Eaton. Lucas Giolito is a top 5 prospect in all of baseball and he could be an ace one day for the White Sox. Giolito dominated during his 5 seasons in the minor leagues as he was 25-15 with a 2.73 ERA. However, Giolito was terrible in 4 starts at the MLB level last season as he went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA. He is clearly close to being an MLB-ready pitcher, although he will probably start next season in Triple-A until the White Sox feel he is ready. Also, Reynaldo Lopez is an extremely talented right-handed pitcher as well. Lopez didn’t dominated in the minors like Giolito did, yet Lopez did put up a respectable 19-19 record with a 3.16 ERA during 5 seasons in the minors. He made his MLB debut last season and he went 5-3 with a 4.91 ERA. Lopez is close to being an MLB-ready pitcher, but he should probably start next season at Triple-A in order to develop some more. Finally, Dane Dunning is another right-handed pitcher that has some potential to be a solid starting pitcher in the future for the White Sox. Dunning was a 1st round pick for the Nationals in 2016 out of Florida. Dunning dominated in his first minor league season as he went 3-2 with a 2.02 ERA. Dunning doesn’t throw hard as his fastball maxes out at 95 MPH, yet he has outstanding control which helps make him a solid pitcher. He is still a couple of years away from reaching the MLB as he will likely spend all of next season in Single-A in the White Sox minor league system. The White Sox are clearly rebuilding right now, although the rebuilding process might not last long thanks to the talented prospects that they are acquiring. Adam Eaton is a quality player, but this trade is remarkable considering that they are getting 3 top prospects for Eaton.