In the offseason leading up to the 2017 baseball season the Boston Red Sox made a trade to acquire left-handed pitcher Chris Sale.
This was an amazing trade for the Red Sox, being able to land one of the most dominant left-handed pitcher in baseball. It was unfortunate to see two of our top prospects in Moncada and Kopech leave, but we did get one of the best left-handed pitchers in baseball today. Sale has a career ERA of 3.00 and last season he won 17 games.
Things can only get better from here. With the addition of Chris Sale, the Boston Red Sox are going to have a very dangerous pitching rotation this upcoming season. There are three positive things to take away from this trade:
- How Dominant Chris Sale Can Be
At his best Chris Sale can be one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. When looking at this Red Sox rotation you see how dominant Chris Sale can be as the top guy but you also have to remember that you have two former Cy Young Award winners in David Price and Rick Porcello following him up. This is going to be a very dangerous rotation for the Red Sox.
- Chris Sale’s Contract
Another great point about this trade is Chris Sale’s contract. Sale’s contract keeps him here in Boston through the 2019 season. This is amazing that we were able to trade for such a dominant pitcher and have him locked for 3 years.
- David Price
I believe that by bringing in Chris Sale, David Price is going to have a good season as well. According to many last season was a disappointing year for David Price as the ace. However, by bringing in Chris Sale I believe that it will take the pressure of Price to be the ace and therefore Price will pitch better than he did last season. If Sale and Price both start to get hot for the Red Sox everybody better watch out.