Upon learning that the Red Sox had acquired White Sox ace Chris Sale for four prospects, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said, “Boston is the Golden State Warriors of baseball now, they’ve got their Durant and Green and Thompson and Curry.”
Sale, a five-time All-Star, won 17 games, and led the American League with 6 complete games for the White Sox in 2016. With Boston, he joins Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and frontline starter David Price to comprise the most formidable starting rotation in baseball.
For their part, Chicago hauls in 4 prospects, including top prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech. Moncada, an infielder, was named as the top prospect in baseball for 2016 by Baseball America. Kopech, a right-handed pitcher, was ranked 93rd.
Sale is unquestionably a frontline starter, but wore out his welcome in Chicago with his prickly personality, most notably by cutting up a clubhouse full of throwback jerseys he disapproved of with scissors.
Sale was suspended by the team for the incident, and rumors began to circulate that the team was determined to move him, culminating in yesterday’s trade.
The blockbuster deal even caught the attention of retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who jokingly (?) posted on Instagram that he may have to contemplate a comeback.
The trade looks like a home run for the Boston, and makes them an early favorite in the American League, at least on paper.
Hopefully, for the Red Sox sake, Sale brings his best cutter to the mound, and leaves it out of the clubhouse.
Fox Sports baseball insider Ken Rosenthal breaks down the trade:
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