Another guy the White Sox traded is killing it in the World Series

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Chris Sale and Adam Eaton were traded away from the White Sox on consecutive days during the 2016 Winter Meetings. They could now be world champions in consecutive years.

After Sale starred for the Boston Red Sox in last year's World Series, getting the final outs of the clincher, Eaton has played a sizable role in the Washington Nationals' back-to-back upsets of the Houston Astros in Games 1 and 2 of this year's Fall Classic.

The Nationals are unexpectedly two wins away from winning the whole thing after beating Astros co-aces Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander in consecutive games and scoring a total of 17 runs in those two contests. Eaton has done plenty of damage, with four hits, three RBIs and two runs scored, including a homer in the eighth inning of Game 2 on Wednesday night.

The White Sox jolted their then-nascent rebuilding effort to life with the trades of Sale and Eaton, a pair of deals that returned remarkable hauls of prospects to the South Side. The trade that sent Eaton to D.C. brought back Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning. The White Sox have all three pitchers in their long-term plans, with two currently in the rotation and one, Giolito, a 2019 All Star.

Eaton, meanwhile, had a solid 2019 regular season for the Nationals in his first healthy season since joining the club. With everyday opportunities in right field after Bryce Harper left the nation's capital last winter, Eaton put up a .279/.365/.428 slash line to go along with 15 home runs, 25 doubles and 103 runs scored in 151 games.

If the Nationals do wrap up this World Series and Eaton gets a ring, it will be consecutive championships for the teams the White Sox made those rebuild-launching trades with in 2016.

Eaton might not have quite the same level of importance Sale did for the Red Sox during their championship season in 2018, what with Sale being the ace of that rotation. And Eaton also has a heck of a lot of talent around him in teammates like Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and Trea Turner. But in getting a productive, everyday, top-of-the-lineup player for a team two wins away from a championship, it's hard to say the Nationals didn't get what they wanted out of their trade with the White Sox.

Now, that's not to say the White Sox 'lost' those trades. Teams don't really care about beating their trade partners in the eventual outcome of the deal, they worry about winning on the field because of those deals. The Red Sox already 'won' the Sale trade once. The Nationals could 'win' the Eaton trade in the coming days. The White Sox figure to have Giolito, Lopez, Dunning, Michael Kopech and Yoan Moncada (the last two the biggest return pieces in the Sale deal) as key contributors for planned contenders for years to come. They could 'win' both trades — and they could do it multiple times.

But Eaton could make it back-to-back Octobers for former White Sox stars celebrating titles while the South Siders themselves are still trying to shift out of rebuilding mode.

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