If you are a frequent viewer of our site, then you probably have realized that I have been on the disabled list for the past week or so. After my brief stint out, I am back and have clearly missed a lot. However, this story is/was too big for me not to chime in on.
Last Saturday, Chris Sale was involved in a clubhouse incident that many would view as ridiculous. As part of a league-wide campaign, teams have been wearing throwback jerseys from the 1970s and 1980s. The Chicago White Sox were slated to wear their 1976 throwback jerseys, but Chris Sale found them uncomfortable and, in an effort to not impede his performance, asked the organization if they could wear the usual uniforms. The organization denied Sale's request, so he took matters into his own hands and cut up every single uniform in the clubhouse. Sale was then scratched from his start, sent home, and suspended five games.
Last night against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Chris Sale returned from his suspension and was handed a 3-1 loss, where he pitched six innings of two-run baseball. After the game, Sale reflected on his displeasure in leaving his teammates out to dry, but did not talk about his relationship with manager Robin Ventura and general manager Rick Hahn, which looks to be at a point of no-return.
Simply put, Chris Sale wants to win. He is tired of being on an underperforming Chicago White Sox team and, although he is too professional and classy to say it, wants out of his current situation. Whether that is with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox, I believe that Chris Sale will be traded by the 2016 Trade Deadline or this offseason, at the latest.
And, much to the surprise of Red Sox Nation after signing David Price to a seven-year, $217 million contract this past offseason, Boston is in desperate need of an ace.
I don't need to tell you about Sale's ability, as his numbers speak for themselves. As the American League All Star starting pitcher, Sale has pitched to a 14-4 record with a 3.17 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 20 starts.
While Boston traded top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza right after the All Star Break for lefty Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox feature one of the best farm systems in all of baseball and are on a short list of teams that have the assets to trade for Sale. Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers, and Michael Kopech are just a few of the names we could see in a deal for the 13th overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Florida Gulf Coast University.
Look, I get it. Boston and their fans love prospects. However, we are talking about the Boston Red Sox, one of the most well known and established franchises in all of professional sports. The Red Sox should be making the playoffs and threatening for a World Series every single season and, up until this point in the season, have not done so since their 2013 World Series championship.
With an extremely weak free agent class this upcoming offseason, the Red Sox are going to need to make a move that is going to hurt for starting pitching sooner or later. Why not trade for Sale now, and see if you can make a run for a World Series in David Ortiz's final season?