Thursday, December 8, 2016

My Thoughts on the Chris Sale to the Red Sox Trade


The Chicago White Sox are open for business and instead of just putting an “Open for Business” sign on the front window like everyone else they had to come out in a big way by trading their ace and best player Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox. This is Yankees related for obvious reasons, the Boston Red Sox are in the same division as the Yankees and now have three of the best pitchers in the American League when you include Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and southpaw David Price. Here are my thoughts on the trade.

Well, to be completely honest here, my initial thought included a four-letter word that I tend to not use here on the blog for obvious reasons. I was gutted. The Boston Red Sox already won the division in 2016 and they just added a great left-handed arm to their arsenal for years to come. This is not going to be fun matching up with these guys 20+ times a season, not at all, even though the Yankees have done surprisingly well, all things considered, against Sale in his career. I was visibly upset when I read the news until I looked at the prospect haul that the Red Sox had to give up to get Sale. That’s when I knew the Yankees weren’t touching Sale and that Sale went to the team with the better farm system and the organization with the gonads to get the deal done, Boston.


Boston gave up Yoan Moncada, arguably the top prospect in Major League Baseball, Michael Kopech, Victor Diaz and Luis Basabe in the deal for Sale. Now I don’t pretend to know much about Kopech (A-ball pitcher who was drafted 33rd overall in 2014), Diaz (A-Ball relief pitcher), Basabe (A-Ball outfielder) or the Boston Red Sox farm system in general but I know the name Yoan Moncada and that had to sting a bit for Red Sox fans. I know that Sale is a “sure thing” and that Moncada is not and I know you make that deal 10 times out of 10 (and I make a similar deal with Gleyber Torres or Clint Frazier just as an FYI) but the Red Sox losing Moncada at the expense of Sale somehow lessened the blow for me as a Yankees fan, I can’t explain why. 

2 comments:

  1. Losing Moncada didn't sting as much as it might have. I know you always find a place for talent, but the Sox are pretty full with youngsters for the time being. Trading Moncada was the obvious best use of him. And, if you're going to get Sale back, that's clearly the time to trade him. I was afraid the deal would be Moncada plus a major leaguer. So, just Moncada and prospects is a steal.

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    1. Hey, I was searching for a silver lining as a Yankees fan. Don't come on my site spewing all this logic and knowledge sir. It's not appreciated (it really is, thank you!)

      It was a great trade. Prospects for Sale is a no-brainer every single time.

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