The Blue Jays narrowly missed out on being awarded the right to negotiate with Japanese pitching phenom Yu Darvish. The team's next move could be to look to deal for a starter, and Oakland's Gio Gonzalez and the White Sox John Danks are in their sights, according to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star.
The Blue Jays' interest in the pair has been reported since the winter meetings earlier this month, but maybe losing out on Darvish will spur Toronto to move on Danks, at least. Whether the Sox and Jays match up in a trade is another story -- Kenny Williams is looking for a major prospect bounty for Danks, and the Sox already acquired the Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect in Nestor Molina for Sergio Santos.
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.