By Michael Wong
National Harbor, MD.--The Boston Red Sox have had the signature moment of these Winter Meetings when they came out of the blue to acquire Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale for a massive package of four moderate to top prospects highlighted by Yoan Moncada. This could very well be a deal the Red Sox regret forever considering the caliber of prospects they gave up but at the very least, the move no doubt caught the attention of the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and Toronto Blue Jays no have to respond.
As far as the Yankees are concerned, they have made a concrete offer around $80 million for both Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman but both guys want to go near of above $100. The Yankees and most other clubs other then the Miami Marlins want to avoid that threshold as well but it doesn't seem like anything is imminent right now. The Orioles meanwhile have had open dialogue with Mark Trumbo all day long but we hear the talks are not going well. The Blue Jays are chatting with Edwin Encarnacion finally as well but nothing appears set there either.
-The Washington Nationals are the butt of all jokes here in the lobby as they failed to complete swaps for both Andrew McCutchen and then Sale. It appeared they were prepared to deal both Lucas Giolito and Victor Robles to the White Sox for Sale but then the get cold feet at the last moment according to a source. They have now moved back into the McCutchen talks but the Texas Rangers are ahead in the pursuit which has come from more than one source.
-The White Sox are listening on literally everyone right now, including Jose Abreu, Jose Quintana, and Todd Frazier. The Los Angeles Dodgers like Frazier and are keeping tabs here in case things break down with Justin Turner.