— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2016
In what’s has been an eventful day for the Red Sox organization, the biggest news came early this afternoon around 1:35 when the news broke that White Sox Ace Chris Sale would be heading to the Red Sox. The deal will involve two of baseballs top prospects; Second Baseman Yoan Moncada and Pitcher Michael Kopech. Moncada is one of baseball most talented prospects and features a 5-tool skill set. Kopeck is a promising pitcher who lights up the radar gun, firing in one pitch in AA at 105 mph. The two other players involved in the deal were outfielder Luis Basabe and pitcher Victor Diaz. I am at a lost for words, but this was a necessary deal honestly. The Red Sox were in need of a solid third starter and they jumped on the opportunity and grabbed one of the best pitchers in the league. Sale has a wonder contract standing for the coming years that looks like this:
Chris Sale contract breakdown;
2017- $12 Million
2018- $12.5 Million
2019- $15 Million
2020- Free Agent.
— Boston Strong (@BostonStrong_34) December 6, 2016
Sale was the AL starting pitcher this year and his resume speaks for himself; AL All-Star 2012-present, Top 10 in ERA (2012-present), top 10 in WAR for pitchers (2012-present) and top 10 in strikeouts (2012-present, 2nd in 2015). Sale has been a bonafide Cy Young candidate for the past 5 years and he can bolster an already strong Boston rotation. This move shakes up the Red Sox farm system and makes players like Sam Travis, Rafael Devers, and youngster Jason Groome high priority prospects of value and rank atop a still deep Sox farm system. Many speculate why this move didn’t happen at the trade deadline this season and I have the answer: Andrew Benintendi. The Red Sox wanted to take a long look at Benintendi and the early talks were that Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr would be shipped off for Chris Sale. The Sox in the span of 34 games saw Benintendi bat .295 with 2 homer and 14 RBI. Benintendi also made a great defensive play against the Rays that has boosted him into the everyday left fielder role. So now that the Red Sox have their pitching rotation set for the coming years, but the only thing left is finding another late innings reliever, a first base/DH, and a third baseman if Pablo Sandoval doesn’t pan out. Their is a lot of promise coming for the Red Sox in the future so, as always keep the faith.