The Nationals and the Red Sox must feel like they are just one piece away.
One piece away from being in serious contention for a world championship.
Why else would both teams trade multiple top prospects to acquire Adam Eaton and Chris Sale from the White Sox?
Sale’s name has been rumored to be on the move since before the trade deadline last season. Chicago found no suitable deal at the time and held on to him for the duration of the season. But up stepped Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski to the plate. He laid his cards on the table and poached Sale from Chicago, sending over a package of Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz.
The following day at the meetings, speculation that Andrew McCutchen could be on his way to Washington ended when the Nationals acquired Eaton. Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning are now no longer part of the future Washington core.
Braves fans know full well about trades where a team feels that the addition of a superstar will be what vaults them into contention. The Mark Teixeira trade still has ramifications to this day, as GMs use it as some sort of benchmark to say, ‘Yeah, we definitely won’t go that far.’
In that trade, Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all had at least flashes once they reached the big league level at Texas.
Many of those prospects shipped out in those two trades are going to make Nationals and Red Sox smart a few times in the next several years.
Just hope that the acquisition of that one big player will soften the blow, and not increase the anguish.