Boston Goes All-In With Sale Trade
Boston Red Sox General Manager Dave Dombrowski is known for thinking very little of prospects and loves to make big moves to acquire big talent. He did just that on Tuesday by trading for Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale for infielder Yoan Moncada, pitcher Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basbe and Victor Diaz. It’s a haul, but not the haul Chicago might have wanted last summer. Boston puts themselves in prime position to win another World Series.
Red Sox are maybe the most lethal big market team out there. Their roster is a combination of home-grown talent like Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and the big free agents like David Price and now Sale. That’s tough to beat. Pablo Sandoval looks like he’s tired of fat jokes, and Red Sox have easily the strongest team on paper. We’ve seen this backfire for teams in the past, but it’s hard to believe Red Sox will scuffle this season. The beauty of this deal for Boston is Sale has control with a sweet deal for the next three years. That’s why Sale was the biggest fish in the sea. One interesting thing about Sale to keep in mind is he’s never been in the postseason. That’s a great unknown for the former Cy Young.
Even with all the Steinbenner-like moves, I can’t find myself hating Red Sox. Don’t know why. Maybe, it’s the Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz memories in 2004, and it’s not like I cheer for them, it’s just I don’t cheer against them. Some can’t stand Boston, and I’m just not one of them. I do think in life you chose one of the major sides of historic rivalries to be on – Duke-UNC, Red Sox-Yankees, Ohio State-Michigan, LeBron-World, etc. I never really liked Derek Jeter and Yankees so I want to Boston even if they now resemble the Yankees of old.
Sale is the first of many dominoes to fall this offseason. Who will be next?