Tuesday, December 6, 2016
The Boston Red Sox acquired Chris Sale, one of the game’s most dominant left-handed pitchers, from the Chicago White Sox for Yoan Moncada and three other prospects.
The White Sox also got minor league right-handed pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz and outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe.
The blockbuster marks a turn toward rebuilding for the White Sox, who deal their left-handed ace whose combination of dominance and cost-effectiveness made him the top prize on the trade market this winter.
As for the Red Sox, they land Sale, 27, for three years at the low cost of $51.5 million if they exercise a club option for 2019. And suddenly, they boast a deadly left-right-left combo of David Price, Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and Sale, who went 17-10 with a 3.34 ERA and 233 strikeouts in 226 2/3 innings last season.
The cost was significant, as club President Dave Dombrowski sent power-hitting Cuban infielder Moncada to the White Sox, along with right-handed starter Michael Kopech, outfielder Luis Basabe and right-hander Victor Diaz.
Moncada, 21, produced a .918 OPS in 106 games at high-A and Class AA last season, and then had a 19-at-bat stint in Boston at the end of the year. He was the top-ranked prospect by Baseball America at midseason.
Remember when the Yankees could have signed Yoan Moncada and didn’t?
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