The Chicago White Sox became the darlings of the winter meetings when they traded ace Chris Sale on Monday afternoon to the Boston Red Sox. On Tuesday, they continued to trade off their top players by moving outfielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals for top pitching prospects.

The trade

The White Sox acquired right-handed pitchers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning from the Washington Nationals for Eaton. Eaton batted .284 last season with 14 home runs, 59 RBIs, and nine triples, which led the American League (the second time he has led the league in triples). He has three guaranteed seasons remaining in his contract and the Nationals will be his third team after being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010.

The prospects the Nationals gave up for Eaton will make an impact down the road. Giolito struggled in his appearances in the majors last year, but is believed to be one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball. Lopez also made appearances with the Nationals last year and was rated to be the team's third-best prospect. Dunning was drafted by Washington in the first round last year.

Analysis of the deal

It feels as if Washington could go on to be a big loser in this deal, despite the potential Eaton has yet to capitalize upon in his career. The move reeked of desperation after the Nationals failed to acquire either Sale or coveted outfielder Andrew McCutchen. The team appears to be trying to capitalize on the closing window they may have outfielder Bryce Harper on the roster.

The good news is Rookie of the Year candidate Trea Turner will be able to move to his natural shortstop position.

The White Sox make out like bandits in this deal. Fans of the team will suffer for a year or two as they watch the other team from Chicago contend for World Series after World Series, but with top prospects from the Red Sox and Nationals deal now lining their organization, they're set up well for the future.

They might not be done either, as third baseman Todd Frazier is a rumored trade candidate.

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