White Sox trade Adam Eaton to Nationals for Lucas Giolito, prospects
The Chicago White Sox have reportedly agreed to trade outfielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals in exchange for pitchers Lucas Giolito, Dane Dunning and Reynaldo Lopez, the team announced.
Eaton is under team control through 2021 and is coming off a season in which he hit .284 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs with an on-base percentage of .362. Over the last three seasons, only Mike Trout (27.8), Mookie Betts (17.6) and Kevin Kiermaier (16.4) have recorded a higher WAR than Eaton's 15.4.
Giolito, who is the top prospect in the Nationals' system, went 0–1 with 11 strikeouts and a 6.75 ERA in his six games for 2016. Lopez is ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Nationals' system and No. 28 overall, according to MLB.com.
“Today is both an exciting and a humbling time after being traded from the Nationals to the White Sox,” Giolito wrote on Twitter. “I am grateful to the Washington Nationals organization for giving me the opportunity to pursue my dream of playing in the MLB. I will miss the wonderful people I met along the way. I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Chicago White Sox. I can't wait to play in the great city of Chicago for such a storied franchise. Look forward to meeting my new teammates, the coaches & staff.”
The move allows the Nationals to focus National League Rookie of the Year finalist Trea Turner on playing shortstop while Eaton plays center field. Jayson Werth will become a free agent after next season, which would allow Eaton to move back to right field where he played 121 games for the White Sox last season.
Washington has also been linked to interest in Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Kansas City Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain. The Pirates were reportedly asking for Giolito from Washington as the centerpiece for any trade, according to Jon Heyman.
The White Sox trade comes just one day after the team dealt ace Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech.
Jose Quintana has also drawn interest from other teams at the winter meetings.