SOURCE– Chris Sale will be pitching for the Sox next season, but in Boston rather than Chicago, after the ace left-hander was traded to the Red Sox, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Buster Olney on Tuesday.
The deal was first reported by Fox Sports.
Sale, 27, is coming off his fifth straight All-Star season in 2016, when he finished 17-10 with 233 strikeouts in 226⅔ innings pitched.
The Red Sox inherit a very team-friendly deal that will pay him $12 million in 2017, with club options of $12.5 million for 2018 and $13.5 million for 2019.
Sale is 74-50 with a 3.00 ERA and 1,244 strikeouts in 1,110 innings pitched over his seven seasons with the White Sox.
Wow. Just wow. Dave Dombrowski just taking his balls out and showing the world how big they are. Trading away Yoan Moncada, the #1 prospect in all of Baseball and a top pitching prospect to go get the true ace of this team.
My 1st reaction, I can’t believe we traded Yoan. I might be a sucker, but I bought into the hype of this kid. Sure, he didn’t truly impress when he was called up last season, but there is a reason this kid it the #1 prospect in Baseball. I mean you don’t just throw away a guy like that. A guy who has been compared to Mike Trout. I don’t know, I just put a lot of stock in young, talented prospects. I think there is nothing more valuable then a guy that projects to be a superstar.
I say all of this, but I understand that Chris Sale is really fucking good. Like this puts the Red Sox right up there with the Cubs and the Mets as one of the best in the starting pitching department. I just get nervous when you are acquiring him by trading away a kid that is supposed to be the next big thing. But hey, Yoan wasn’t going to impact this team this year, he just wasn’t. So, I am going to put the blinders on, not look into the future, and say we are going to win a fucking World Series. Welcome to the squad Chris.