The Boston Red Sox just pulled off the deal of the Winter Meetings, so far. The Sox have agreed to a trade with the Chicago White Sox that will send an annual Cy Young candidate, five-time All-Star, 74 game winning pitcher who has won double-digits in five straight seasons to the Red Sox. All for four players that would not have made an impact for the Red Sox in 2017.
Talk about a Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers steal.
The Red Sox won 93 games last season, lost David Ortiz but were still the favorites to win the American League East again and now the White Sox may have just given them the keys to the ALCS. Sale will join a rotation that already includes 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and former Cy Young winner David Price and Clay Buchholz.[embedit snippet=”2″]
This is about as dominating as the 1990’s Atlanta Braves pitching staff.
What’s best for the Red Sox is that Sale is only owed $12M for the 2017 season. What happens next season with his club option is not up for debate now, but what is, is how deadly of a starting rotation the Red Sox will throw at any team. This move was not based on regular season wins. The team was already loaded in that department. This was a trade built off the damage the Cleveland Indians did this past postseason. The Red Sox needed another stopper and they just received possibly one of the best young arms in the game.
The questions of where does he fit in the rotation can be answered once Spring Training starts but for now, the Fenway Faithful can rejoice and cherish in the moment. 2016 ended bittersweet with two huge losses. Ortiz and to the Indians but,2017 sure looks to be starting off on the right foot.
It may be too early to give them the title of 2017 World Series champs but Sale’s addition puts them in the discussion.