ESPN 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 White Sox will receive highly touted infield prospect Yoan Moncada, pitching prospect Michael Kopech and two other minor leaguers, a source confirmed to ESPN MLB Insider Jim Bowden. 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.
There were rumors swirling this week that the Chicago White Sox were set to deal ace pitcher Chris Sale to the Washington Nationals, but at the last moment the Boston Red Sox swooped in and dealt two high level prospects to land the 27-year-old five time All Star starter who is still in his prime. The Red Sox surrendered infield prospect Yoan Moncada who is regarded as one of the top prospects in baseball, pitching prospect Michael Kopech who can hit 105 MPH with his fastball, as well as two other prospects to get Sale. It sounds like a high price to pay, but in my opinion, you always give up prospects if a proven commodity is available on the trade market. You rarely look back on trades like this in five years and consider the team that received the prospects the winners, so from a historical standpoint, you have to like this trade for the Red Sox.