Tes Rangers rumors: Chris Sale, the Chicago White Sox lefthanded pitcher, is the subject of "serious effort" by the Rangers to make a trade, according to T.R. Sullivan on Twitter. Sullivan says that Joey Gallo and Jurickson Profar are on the ChiSox wish list, and there's no indication anything will happen.
Sale, 27, is a legit #1 starter who is under team control for three more seasons beyond this one for a total of $38M (if his options are picked up). Listed at 6'6", 180 lbs., the rail-thin Sale has long been seen as an injury risk due to his build and delivery, but has stayed healthy and productive since breaking into the majors in 2010. He led the A.L. in strikeouts and FIP last year, but has seen his FIP increase by almost a run, to 3.71, this year has his K rate has dropped from 11.8 to 8.7.
The ask for Sale has always been seen as being enormous, and I suspect a package of Joey Gallo and Jurickson Profar wouldn't be enough to get a deal done. Still, the Rangers are going to inquire and see if something is possible, and a Sale/Yu/Hamels top of the rotation would be as good as any in baseball.
UPDATE -- Evan Grant tweets that there's nothing serious on Sale, and it is just "due diligence."