Red Sox Trade Yoan Moncada and Co. for Chris Sale in the Blockbuster Trade of the Off-Season Thus FarRead Now
Time for the longest offseason of talking about how great the Red Sox are going to be to begin. My god, it's not even fair that they can do this, like c'mon they're good enough, don't let them have one of the best pitchers in baseball. Chris Sale has the lowest ERA of any AL starter in the last 5 seasons, the next two lowest ERA's in that time span are Felix Hernandez and David Price, Price is also on the Red Sox. The Red Sox now have two pitchers with the lowest ERA in the AL the last 5 seasons along with the reigning AL Cy Young award winner, Rick Porcello. Safe to say they have the best rotation in all of the American League.
The Red Sox did have to part with their top prospect Yoan Moncada, this is a huge loss for their future since this kid is supposed to be an absolute stud. There were other prospects included in the deal, but Moncada was the gem the White Sox wanted. Sale is under contract through the 2019 season, in addition to him being signed the deal is an absolute bargain, the most they'll have to pay him is $15 million in 2019, absolute steal for an ace like Sale. On the bright side, he'll probably be gone by the time the Yankees are competing for pennants again, and we won't have to deal with Moncada killing us for the next 15 years if he turns out to be what everyone says he will. Red Sox are clearly in win now mode, I hate seeing them win, but it might as well be while the Yankees rebuild since it's not like they'll be competing with the Red Sox for division titles for at least the next two seasons. Brian Cashman actually went on to call the Red Sox the Warriors of the MLB after hearing this news, that's funny because my least favorite basketball team is the Warriors, so it's a great analogy to me. Red Sox are trying to do what the Yankees did in the late 90's, have a young brilliantly talented core, and sign the best available guys on the market for whatever cost to ensure championships. Year 1 of that plan failed, if this continues to fail, and the Red Sox don't win a championship over the course of the next three seasons, this was all for nothing. I'll be laughing my ass off while Red Sox fans return to a state of misery, I'll love every second of it, and then the Yankees become an all-star team in 2019 showing the Red Sox how you build a real dynasty. Optimism is a great thing.