The Chicago White Sox were the talk of Washington, D.C. after trading Chris Sale on Tuesday, and the team is back in the headlines again Wednesday as they've dealt another big part of their roster.
This time, the trade piece is outfielder Adam Eaton, who has reportedly been traded to the Washington Nationals. In exchange, the White Sox received the Nationals' top prospect in Lucas Giolito, number three prospect Reynaldo Lopez, and 2016 first round draft pick Dane Dunning in a massive haul of prospects.
Eaton, who registered a 6.2 WAR this season with the White Sox, is expected to play center field for the Nationals next season, with rookie sensation Trea Turner moving in to play shortstop for Washington.
As for Giolito, he was ranked as the top pitching prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline earlier this year, and he made his MLB debut this season. Topping out in the high 90's with his fastball, Giolito did appear a bit raw when pitching for the Nationals, but the White Sox are optimistic that he will be able to work with pitching coach Don Cooper and smooth out any flaws in his delivery.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Chicago White Sox," Giolito said on his Twitter feed. "I can't wait to play in the great city of Chicago for such a storied franchise."
In the case of Lopez, he projects more as a bullpen arm than as a starter, but the White Sox could conceviably use him ineither role. He posted a 3.21 ERA in 19 games in the minor leagues this season (all starts), but struggled a bit at the big league level as he posted a 5-3 record and a 4.91 ERA in 11 appearances with the Nationals.