Chris Sale Reportedly Traded to Boston Red Sox

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 27:  Starting pitcher Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox deliivers the ball against the Tampa Bay Rays at U.S. Cellular Field on September 27, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Chris Sale's 2016 season was turbulent at times, and the Chicago White Sox have reportedly moved on, sending the pitcher to the Boston Red Sox.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Boston parted with Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech and two other prospects in exchange for Sale. Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball confirmed Rosenthal's report.

Heyman reported earlier Tuesday that the White Sox asked for outfielder Andrew Benintendi, but added the Red Sox want to keep him on the roster. Heyman added that Chicago liked Jackie Bradley Jr. "very much."

Sale's 2016 season was marred by a team-imposed suspension on the heels of his decision to reportedly cut up throwback jerseys before a game in late July, per Tommy Stokke of Today's Knuckleball.

Sale, however, was plenty effective on the bump.

The 27-year-old tied his career high with 17 wins, and he hit that mark by recording a 3.34 ERA, a majors-best six complete games, a 1.04 WHIP and 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

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Sale's 5.2 wins above replacement, per FanGraphs, also tied for tops among all American League pitchers along with Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander and Red Sox hurler Rick Porcello.

Sale's production alone made him a compelling trade target, and a reasonable, team-controlled contract bolsters his trade value.

Sale is slated to earn $12 million in 2017, and his pact includes a pair of club options for 2018 and 2019 for $12.5 million and $15 million.


Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. Salary information courtesy of Spotrac.

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