Chris Sale may be the missing link to making the Boston Red Sox a dynasty
The Boston Red Sox made quite possibly one of the boldest moves over the 2016 offseason acquiring the best arm on the market in Chris Sale. Rumors were swirling in June of 2016 after Sale was suspended for 5 games violating team rules and ruining team jerseys. Perhaps a fresh start was in order. While Sale essentially switched Sox, he will undoubtedly be pitching for a team that is playoff ready. There will be some added challenges and higher expectations as the Sox now have arguably the best front three starters in baseball with 2016 Cy Young winner, David Price & the newly acquired Chris Sale. The pressure will be on as Sox fans can only hope that Sale doesn’t start off the same way Price did. The Price was high and come playoffs the Price was wrong.
Some have questioned Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowksi, for giving up a king’s ransom in trading away top pitching prospect Michael Kopech and top hitting prospect in Yoan Moncada, Victor Diaz, & Alexander Basabe. Only time will tell if Moncada & Kopech will be as good as they’ve been projected to be. Moncada at 21 has already drawn comparisons to MLB stars. Combining his power & speed will make him a force for the future. His number one caveat will be dropping his strike out numbers that were ugly in his stint in Beantown. After starting with four hits in his first ten at bats, Moncada finished with nine strike out in as many at bats after which he was benched for the remainder of the season. Kopech, who at only 20 years old, is throwing fastballs into triple digits and recently was clocked at 110 mph during a workout testing his max-velocity. Quite remarkable if you ask any baseball fans especially those of Chicago.
The Red Sox meanwhile get Chris Sale at the bargain price of $12 million for 2017 with team friendly options of $12.5 million in 2018 and $13.5 in 2019. Safe to say he’ll be playing in Boston for the next three seasons. After spending $217 million on David Price, Red Sox fans will have to wait until opening day to see if Dombrowski’s big Sale gamble was worth it.
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