Yesterday I complained about Dave Dombrowski being silent at Winter Meetings. And then Tuesday came.
A little after 1:00 today, Ken Rosenthal (the GOAT of baseball breaking news) tweeted that the Red Sox had traded for Chicago’s all star pitcher, Chris Sale.
I had to leave class to read it again for confirmation, and to then furiously scroll through twitter for more information and reactions.
Chris Sale for top prospect Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, no. 8 prospect Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz. This is relieving, exciting, terrifying, all at the same time.
It seems like talks of a Sale trade have been going on forever now, so to finally have him landed somewhere, especially Boston is an incredible feeling. Hearing for months what he was going to cost for the Red Sox had me terrified. Benintendi, JBJ, Betts, Moncada, Kopech, were all involved in the talks.
As of now, this deal could be considered a steal for Boston, taking into account who else could have ended up getting shipped out.
With that said, giving up Moncada and Kopech has me very weary. Moncada made his major league debut last year, and made it apparent his defense was not fit for the majors, and he struggled immensely against major league pitching. Kopech is listed as the no. 5 prospect on SoxProspects.com, right behind Jason Groome: Boston’s first pick in the 2016 draft.
It’s a matter of present vs. future. Moncada and Kopech could, and likely will prove to be all star caliber players down the road, but Davey is thinking about the present. Sale has been a CY Young candidate for multiple years, and received multiple MVP votes as well. In 2016 he posted a 3.34 ERA for Chicago, with 230 strikeouts in 226.2 innings pitched.
I’m still processing the fact this this actually happened, but for now I think I’m happy. We’re taking a huge hit losing three top ten prospects, but Chris Sale is on the Red Sox alongside Rick Porcello, and David Price and that is pretty damn awesome.