According to multiple reports, including Ken Rosenthal, Bob Nightengale and Jon Morosi, the Red Sox have been ramping up their efforts to acquire five-time All Star lefty Chris Sale. Reportedly, the Red Sox called the White Sox late last night to inquire about the availability of the lanky lefty. Sale, who was the American League starting pitcher in this year's All Star Game, has had issues with the White Sox' front office multiple times this season and many believe his time in Chicago is coming to an end.
The Red Sox, Dodgers, and Rangers were thought to be in a "mysterious derby" to acquire Sale, but, according to Morosi, the Red Sox have emerged as the most legitimate landing spot IF, and that is a big if, Sale is traded. It is extremely important to remember that the White Sox do not need to trade Sale. He has three more years of control on his contract and is making less than a third of what usual aces command.
Sale is arguably the best pitcher in the American League, pitching to a 14-4 record with a 3.17 ERA this season, yet fans do not want to part with top prospects Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada. Fortunately, according to Phil Rogers, Yoan Moncada, who is ranked as the #1 or #2 prospect in all of baseball depending on which website you read, is viewed as an "unlikely piece" in any deal involving Sale. If Moncada, Betts and/or Bogaerts is not part of a Chris Sale trade, then it is an absolute no-brainer, right?
This is just me spitballing, but I believe a deal that includes Andrew Benintendi, Eduardo Rodriguez, Blake Swihart, and Rafael Devers/Michael Kopech will certainly get the ball rolling and could be agreed upon before the 4 PM non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Stay tuned, as we will be reporting on all news without checking sources. Booyah.
UPDATED: 12:32 PM ET
On MLB Network, Bob Nightengale is reporting: "Red Sox want [Sale] very, very badly. I think this has a chance. It's flip of coin whether he gets moved."
Dodgers REPORTEDLY OUT After Acquiring Hill, Reddick
The Los Angeles Dodgers were the only real team contending with the Sox in the pursuit of White Sox ace left-hander, Chris Sale.
However, the Red Sox seem to be standing alone with the Rangers still somewhat in the mix after the Dodgers acquired A's left hander, Rich Hill and outfielder, Josh Reddick. These two most certainly remove the Dodgers from the Sale running.
Stay tuned for more Deadline updates up until after 4 PM ET.