June 25, 2010 was the beginning of the end for Carlos Zambrano's tenure with the Cubs. The pitcher allowed four runs in the first inning against the White Sox, and following that crooked number he angrily confronted first baseman Derrek Lee in the dugout.
But that game also served as the beginning of rumors predicting a union between Zambrano and then-White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. After the game, Guillen had this to say about whether he could manage Zambrano:
"Yes, I can. Why not?"
Guillen then went through with his plans to go out to dinner that night with Zambrano, although he said he didn't discuss the tirade with him.
It was just the beginning of a quasi-courtship that finally came to an end Wednesday.
The White Sox haven't wavered on their asking price for Chris Sale, and their patience may be paying off.
According to FOX's Ken Rosenthal, trade talks surrounding Sale are intensifying between the White Sox and Nationals that would likely include Washington's two top prospects in RHP Lucas Giolito and OF Victor Robles.
Despite the trade chatter heating up, a source told CSN's Chuck Garfien that the White Sox aren't close to a deal and continue to talk with other teams regarding the White Sox ace.
In an exclusive interview with CSN earlier on Monday, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said trading Sale would be 'very hard' on multiple levels, particularly being satisfied with the package coming back.
Perhaps it's only a matter a time before Sale gets traded, but the White Sox have made it clear they won't make a deal unless they're maximizing their return.