And there you have it.
According to multiple reports, the Red Sox have acquired All-Star ace Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox in return for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, OF Luis Basabe, and RHP Victor Diaz. If you want a quick synopsis, the Red Sox sent their first, fifth, eighth and 28th ranked prospects in return for the best pitcher in the American League. While the price is steep, the Red Sox have made it clear they are not going to spend a lot of money in order to stay under the $195 million luxury tax threshold.
Because of this, we have seen the Red Sox shy away from the big named relievers, like Aroldis Chapman, and power bats, like Edwin Encarnacion.
Chris Sale fits this mold to a tee.
With three years of team control at $38 milion, this deal was a no-brainer for the Red Sox. They have been interested in Sale since last year's deadline, where there were reports that they laid the groundwork for this trade.
The Red Sox now have one of the best rotations in all of baseball and actually have too much pitching now. Moving forward, the Red Sox may look to trade two of Eduardo Rodriguez, Clay Buchholz and Steven Wright. If the Red Sox are truly interested in cutting costs and perhaps replinishing their farm system, it would make sense for them to trade Clay Buchholz and Eduardo Rodriguez.
Anyone that is surprised really shouldn't be. While this is a MLB-landscape changing move, Dave Dombrowski is known to make these types of trades.
We will give you some more thoughts on this deal as we learn more.