Red Sox pull off blockbuster to get Chris Sale
The Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox have agreed to a blockbuster deal in which Chris Sale will be sent to Boston. After reportedly being close to deal with the Washington Nationals, the Red Sox swooped in and gave in to the White Sox’s steep price.In return to Chicago, they will receive a haul headlined by top prospect Yoan Moncada, 21, followed by Michael Kopech, 20, Luis Alexander Basabe, 20, and Victor Diaz, 22.
The Red Sox have been searching for extra starting pitching, after their starters failed to live up to par finishing eighth in the league with a 4.22 ERA from the starting rotation. But with the Red Sox bringing in Chris Sale, they now form one of the best 3-headed starting rotations with Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and 2012 Cy Young winner David Price. In Porcello’s second season for the Red Sox he won a league high 22 games, along with a 3.15 ERA, and 189 strikeouts in a career high 223 innings. David Price who underachieved in his first season with the Red Sox went 17-9, with a 3.99 ERA, while striking out 228 in 230 innings after being signed to a 7-year, $217 million deal a little over a year ago.
Sale went on to have another stellar season, as he was named to his 5th consecutive All Star game. For the White Sox in 2016, Sale reached a career high in innings with 226.2, and tied his career-high in wins as he went 17-10, to go along with posting a 3.34 ERA and 233 strikeouts.
For the White Sox, they will receive a haul centered around top prospect Yoan Moncada who has been compared to Robinson Cano. Moncada went on to hit .294 with 15 home runs and 62 RBIs in 106 minor league games. Moncada also got a taste of the big leagues, but struggled only mustering 3 hits in 19 at-bats. The Red Sox will also pick up all of the $31.2 million reminding on his contract. The White Sox also get Red Sox No. 5 prospect, Michael Kopech projected to be a front-of-the-line starter as in 11 starts for the Red Sox Class went 4-1, with a 2.25 ERA and striking out 82.
The last two prospects added in the trade was Luis Alexander Basabe was also included, as he was the Red Sox’s No. 8 prospect, and considered a five-tool outfielder, as he hit 12 home runs, drove in 53 runs, while swiping 25 bags in 110 minor league games. And Victor Diaz, checking in as a the Red Sox’s No. 28 prospect, as he has a live arm, reaching 98 mph and projecting as a future reliever. Diaz had a 3.88 ERA, including 10 saves in 60.1 innings.
Albeit a steep price to pay, Chris Sale solidifies one of the weak spots of the Red Sox and makes them instant World Series contenders leading to the 2017 season. Another reason the Red Sox obliged to the steep price was due to Sale’s age (27), and the fact that he is locked up until 2019, as he’s set to only make $12 million in 2017, as well as club options for $12.5 million in 2018 and $13.5 million in 2019 which are considered cheap, in a market where seven pitchers are making north of $25 million annually.
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