Boston Throws Down A Hell Of A Haymaker To The Rest Of The American League With Acquiring Chris Sale
Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner)
The Red Sox have landed an ace in the winter for the 2nd straight winter. Boston has acquired Chris Sale from the White Sox in exchange for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech – with two other prospects Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz also heading to the Pale Hose.
This is the type of trade that brings a championship. For a MLB club that was right up against the Luxury Tax Threshold already of $195 MIL for 2017, having Sale only making $38 MIL over the next three years is the biggest plus to this pact going down.
Boston loses a young player like Moncada for sure. and he may be World Class in the future, but you have to give something up to get something. The Beantowners will still also be alright for their future with the likes of Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley JR. just kickstarting their young careers, while they also held onto other great prospects like Andrew Benintendi and Blake Swihart.
Dave Dombrowski has outdone himself this time. The Rotation now features David Price, Chris Sale – 2016 AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez and Drew Pomeranz – with Steven Wright and Clay Buchholz for insurance. One of the back end Starters may be used as tradebait some time soon.
Earlier in the day, the BoSox all picked up Tyler Thornburg for Travis Shaw, to effectively arm the Staff with another legitimate late inning chucker. The team can now use Joe Kelly out of the Relief Core permanently, and they have Carson Smith coming back from injury in 2016. Look the hell out for these guys in 2017.
In a vaunted offensive laden AL East, that has yet to replenish all of the departing Free Agents like Edwin Encarnacion, Mark Trumbo, Matt Wieters, Pedro Alvarez, Jose Bautista and Michael Saunders – this just serves as another notice for the rest of the Division to fear the Red Sox now having the best offensive lineup – and now Starting Staff.
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Posted on December 6, 2016, in MLB Trades and tagged AL East, Amdrew Benintendi, blake swihart, Carson Snith, chris sale, clay buchholz, dave dombrowski, david ortiz, David Priee, drew pomeranz, dustin pedroia, edwin encarnacion, hanley ramirez, joe kelly, jose bautista, mark trumbo, matt wieters, Michael Saunders, Michael Topech, Mookie Betts, pablo sandoval, pedro alvarez, steven wright, toronto blue jays, Travis Shaw, tyler thornburg, xander bogaerts. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.