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.
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, 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.
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.