The Washington Nationals swung and missed on Day 2 of the Winter Meetings as Chris Sale was traded to the Boston Red Sox.
However, another club in the Boston Red Sox presented a better offer.
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This marked the second target that Nats were unsuccessful in acquiring during the meetings. The club had targeted reliever Mark Melancon, but he signed with San Francisco Giants on Monday.
It stings the Nationals couldn’t acquire Sale, but they didn’t need him desperately, as their starting rotation is still solid.
The primary reason the Nationals were unsuccessful in getting Sale is that they refused to include Trea Turner in any discussions, but their offer was substantial, per Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball.
The team will turn their attention to Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen. The two clubs were in discussion on Monday, but the Nats balked at the asking price from the Pirates.
It’s still possible the deal is completed to bring McCutchen to the nation’s capital.
Quintana would be a great addition to their rotation. The southpaw has tossed at least 200 innings in each of the last four seasons.
He won’t come cheap as he has a very team-friendly contract that will pay him $36 million over the next four years.
It’s possible the offer they proposed for Sale would be enough to acquire Quintana.
Sale wasn’t the only move made by the Red Sox on Tuesday as the club made a deal for bullpen depth.
This move didn’t impact the Nats as they weren’t linked to Thornburg.