Chris Sale is a dominant pitcher.
The Red Sox might have a golden opportunity to get him.
Sale is upset with the Chicago White Sox after he claims the management lied to him about Adam LaRoche, who’s stepping away from $13M after the White Sox wouldn’t allow his son in the dugout.
According to the Boston Globe, Sale did not hold back, saying that White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams, and not LaRoche, should have walked out of the clubhouse.
The tension in the White Sox camp seems to only be getting worse.
It’s time for the boss Dave Dombrowski along with Mike Hazen and the Red Sox front office to step in.
Sale is under contract until 2017 with club options in 2018-19 along with a $1M buy out in the club option years. The Red Sox could use help behind David Price in the rotation. With Eduardo Rodriguez being injured, and Clay Buchholz & Rick Porcello being more like three and four guys in the rotation, the Sox could certainly use a number two starter. The 2015 NL Champion New York Mets showed the power a team can have with multiple aces.
Since Sale is an amazing Cy Young candidate almost every year, he will certainly come at a high cost. So what might the Sox need to give up?
Well after losing their first baseman, (LaRoche), the White Sox will need a replacement. The Red Sox have Travis Shaw and Sam Travis who are both blocked by Hanley Ramirez in the majors and could fill that spot if traded. The White Sox will also demand a top pitching prospect for Sale. This will likely be the Red Sox number 4 prospect Anderson Espinoza.
Also, to seal the deal, the Red Sox could trade one or two of the following guys: Henry Owens, Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Brian Johnson, Roenis Elias, Deven Marrero or Michael Chavis.
So for a soon to be 27 year old ace in Chris Sale, the Red Sox could end up giving Sam Travis who was born in Chicago, Anderson Espinoza and Andrew Benintendi to the White Sox.