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Chris Sale Traded to Red Sox in Blockbuster Deal

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Red Sox trade for pitching ace Chris Sale

The “cold war” in Chicago appears to be over. Disgruntled Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale has been traded to the Boston Red Sox for infield prospect Yoan Moncada, pitching prospect Michael Kopech, and minor leaguers Victor Diaz and Luis Basabe. Sale’s acquisition drastically improves an already loaded Boston starting rotation joining David Price and Rick Porcello. Boston looks like they are positioning themselves to move deep into the playoffs in the upcoming season. Sale has three years left on his current contract and is slated to earn $12 million this season.

Chris Sale, a 5 time All-Star, finished last season with a 17-10 record striking out 233 batters over 226 innings. Over his 7 year career in Chicago, Sale went 74-50 with 1,244 strikeouts while posting a 3.00 ERA. Earlier in the year, Sale was scratched from a start against the Detroit Tigers due to a non-physical incident. Upon hearing that the team would be wearing “throwback” uniforms, Sale expressed his displeasure and asked for the uniforms to be changed. When the White Sox management wouldn’t meet his request, he proceeded to take the jerseys and cut them up. That’s right, all of them. He then went on to accuse the White Sox management of putting money ahead of winning. Many speculate that the jersey incident was just another example of the deep-rooted problems within the organization between the players and front office personnel. In March, Sale clashed with executive vice president Ken Williams for his unwillingness to let Adam LaRoche‘s son Drake into the clubhouse as frequently as allowed before. Laroche would retire shortly after.

Yoan Moncada; rated the number 1 overall prospect by, made his major league debut late in the season and experienced some growing pains. He projects to be an everyday infielder, and his range and arm skills make him extremely versatile. The Red Sox signed the Cuban infielder to a 31.5 million dollar signing bonus in 2015. Don’t let 2016’s major league numbers fool you, the White Sox got themselves a young player that they can build around for the future.

Michael Kopech put on quite the show in the Arizona Fall League. With an array of pitches to complement his overpowering fastball, Kopech is poised to befuddle hitters this upcoming season. There are some that have questioned his character due to an altercation with a teammate that left Kopech with a broken hand. Only time will tell if he has the mentality to be a major league pitcher; he most certainly has the ability.

Victor Diaz appeared in 37 games posting a 2-5 record with a 3.88 ERA for the Greenville Drive in 2016. Luis Basabe is a center fielder coming off a season in which he appeared in 105 games for Class A Greenville, hitting .258 with 12 home runs. He was ranked the number 8 prospect in the Red Sox system, and is projected to show good power and speed on the base paths.

As the winter meetings continue on through the week, more deals will be made, more bags will be packed and teams will be rebuilt. The White Sox gained valuable prospects to build around and may not be done trading pieces yet. The Red Sox took a huge step forward, proving they are willing to do what it takes to win now. Thankfully for them, they’ve been wearing the same uniforms for decades. No need to hide the scissors.