The Boston Red Sox made a big splash in the MLB off-season by trading for All Star pitcher Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox. The Red Sox are sending a hefty package of prospects headlined by infield prospect Yoan Moncada.
The Red Sox ended a strong regular season with a disappointing playoffs being swept 3-0 by the Cleveland Indians. General manager Dave Dombrowski believes he has a championship caliber core in place and has been a very aggressive player in free agency and has the Red Sox rumored in many free agent discussions.
By adding Sale he hopes to solidify a potential dominating post season rotation. Teams may now have to go through Sale, David Price and Rick Porcello to defeat the Red Sox in a post season match up.
This move already has other teams talking including the division rival New York Yankees. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman compared the Red Sox to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors as the team everyone is striving to take down.
“If it is the NBA, we’re in the pack of contenders looking to take Golden State down,” said Cashman in regards to the Yankees current position compared to the Red Sox.
At the age of 27, Sale is coming off his fifth straight All-Star season in 2016 and compiled a 17-10 record with 233 strikeouts in 226⅔ innings pitched. Sale has an extremely team friendly contract for a player of his caliber. Sale will earn $12 million in 2017 and has club options of $12.5 million for 2018 and $13.5 million for 2019.
This move signals the time is now for the Red Sox to attempt to return to post season glory. The Red Sox are in position to compete to return to the playoffs in 2017, but it remains to be seen how Sale will enter a pressure driven atmosphere in Beantown.