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New York Yankees’ Gary Sanchez warms up before an at-bat in a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016.

By Brendan Kuty

The Chicago White Sox asked for Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez when discussing a potential trade for ace starting pitcher Chris Sale, according to a report fromFanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.

It’s unclear how far those talks progressed. It was reported in June that the White Sox had wanted Sanchez, but the Yankees’ asking price was too high.

That’s not a surprise. In fact, the White Sox would have probably wanted a lot more for Sale, easily one of the American League’s best pitchers.

This year, Sale is 15-7 with a 3.07 ERA in 27 starts for Chicago. Since joining the White Sox’s rotation full time in 2012, he’s averaged a 14-9 record with a 2.98 ERA and 10 strikeouts per nine innings compared to two walks.

Sale is owed $12 million in 2017. The White Sox have two team options on him: In 2018, he’ll cost $12.5 million. In 2019, he’ll cost $13.5 million.

He’d easily bump Masahiro Tanaka to the No. 2 spot in the Yankees’ rotation. Tanaka has gone 12-4 with a 3.11 ERA in 28 starts for the Yankees.

Long a highly regarded prospect, Sanchez appears to be the Yankees’ future at catcher. He came up Aug. 3 and immediately bumped Brian McCann from the starting job.

From Aug. 3 to Aug. 28, Sanchez went on a historic run, hitting .425 with 11 homers in 21 games. He was named the American League Player of the Week two weeks in a row and the AL Player of the Month.

Over Sanchez’s last seven games, Sanchez has cooled off, hitting .185 with no homers.

The Yankees still have McCann signed for another two years at $34 million and backup Austin Romine.

 

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