The Boston Red Sox were one of the best teams in the American League last season, easily winning the AL East with a 93-69 record. The Sox had the best offense in the majors, scoring a league-high 878 runs. With their star-studded lineup that featured David Ortiz, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, and Xander Bogaerts, management felt like the team should have had more success last postseason.
The front office made a bold statement by trading for one of the best pitchers in the league in Chris Sale. Sale has been the best player on the Chicago White Sox for years, but the team decided to press the reset button by trading their stud pitcher for a couple of the Red Sox best prospects. The White Sox hauled in one of the best prospects in all of baseball in Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, along with top pitching prospect Michael Kopech, and minor leaguers Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz.
Sale started in his fourth All-Star game last season, as he went 17-10 with a 3.34 ERA and had 233 strikeouts in a career-high 226.2 innings. Sale has one of the most team-friendly contracts in all of baseball, as he will only make $12 million in 2017, $12.5 million in 2018, and $15 million in 2019. Sale could easily land close to $30 million a year if he would hit the open market in this market.
Boston hopes that the addition of Sale will help them once again print Red Sox tickets long into the World Series. Sale will now head a rotation that includes another stud lefty in David Price, and 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello. The Red Sox have never been a team shy to go for it all and they made that clear this offseason with the addition of Sale.