The Chicago White Sox are in the midst of another season that will likely end without a playoff berth on the South Side, but owner Jerry Reinsdorf reportedly isn’t ready to make any drastic moves in the offseason.
Multiple people close to Reinsdorf told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports Thursday that Reinsdorf has “little to no interest” in trading either Chris Sale or Jose Quintana during the offseason.
Both pitchers have cheap contracts that leave them under team control at reasonable prices during some of the prime years of their career, but Reinsdorf apparently wants to keep both of them and keep the White Sox in a position to contend for playoff berths in the short-term, rather than trade one or both pitchers to bring in a crop of prospects to rebuild a shallow farm system.
Sale is currently under contract through the 2019 season, with his pay steadily increasing to $12 million next season and then all the way up to $15 million for the 2019 season. His contract for the 2018 and 2019 seasons both include club options, and his 2019 salary could go up by $2.5 million if he wins a Cy Young Award in any of the next two seasons, according to Sportrac.
As for Quintana, the pitcher has an even more team-friendly deal. He’s only making $5.4 million this season, and his contract runs through the 2020 season, with a salary of $10.5 million in each of the final two years of the contract.
Earlier this year the White Sox were reportedly in talks with several teams about trading Sale, including the Boston Red Sox. According to Heyman’s report Thursday, those discussions hit a brick wall when the White Sox insisted on getting star outfielder Jackie Bradley from the Red Sox, something that Boston was unwilling to do.