White Sox trade Chris Sale to Red Sox for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Victor Diaz and Luis Alexander Basabe

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Updated: December 6, 2016

Wow.

The stove is hot right now.

The Chicago White Sox have traded their ace starting pitcher Chris Sale to the Chicago White Sox for a package of prospects. The perennial Cy Young contender is the biggest name we’ve seen move teams yet this offseason and he should help move the Red Sox to being a favorite to win it all again in 2007.

Year Age Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
2010 21 CHW 2 1 1.93 21 0 0 0 23.1 225 2.74 1.071 5.8 0.8 3.9 12.3 3.20
2011 22 CHW 2 2 2.79 58 0 0 0 71.0 156 3.12 1.113 6.6 0.8 3.4 10.0 2.93
2012 ★ 23 CHW 17 8 3.05 30 29 1 0 192.0 140 3.27 1.135 7.8 0.9 2.4 9.0 3.76
2013 ★ 24 CHW 11 14 3.07 30 30 4 1 214.1 137 3.17 1.073 7.7 1.0 1.9 9.5 4.91
2014 ★ 25 CHW 12 4 2.17 26 26 2 0 174.0 173 2.57 0.966 6.7 0.7 2.0 10.8 5.33
2015 ★ 26 CHW 13 11 3.41 31 31 1 0 208.2 114 2.73 1.088 8.0 1.0 1.8 11.8 6.52
2016 ★ 27 CHW 17 10 3.34 32 32 6 1 226.2 120 3.46 1.037 7.5 1.1 1.8 9.3 5.18
7 Yrs 74 50 3.00 228 148 14 2 1110.0 135 3.06 1.065 7.5 0.9 2.1 10.1 4.78

For the Red Sox:

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You know what you are getting with Chris Sale. He’s been one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball over the past few seasons and has been wasting away on an uncompetitive White Sox team. He’ll help make the Red Sox even stronger next season as he should slot in around former Cy Young winner David Price and 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello which will give the Red Sox one of the best big three starting options in all of baseball. This team wants to win now. They were the best team in the American League last season and they just made that team even better with this move and the trade for Tyler Thornburg. 2017 is going to be a scary year for all of the other teams in the American League.

For the White Sox:

The Red Sox did pay big for Sale though. Yoan Moncada was rated as the #1 prospect in all of baseball last season and he had an awesome year between High-A and Double-A posting a .294/.407/.511 line with 15 home runs and 45 stolen bases. He’s mostly played second base thus far, but is also capable of playing shortstop, third base and all three outfield spots. Guys like this don’t come around very often and they get traded even less than that. The Red Sox gave him a $31.5 million bonus to sign (that they paid a $31.5 million penalty on) and they just traded him. Never in a million years did I think the Red Sox would trade this guy based on investment alone.

Michael Kopech is also a very solid prospect and he projects to be a frightening pitcher to face. I am not the biggest prospect guy, but here’s what Keith Law said about him earlier this year:

Kopech was “only” 96-99 mph in his outing at Surprise, where he retired all nine batters he faced in three innings of work, throwing strikes but not really commanding the fastball. His slider and changeup were inconsistent but flashed plus, the slider at 85-88 with tight spin, the changeup at 86-89 with a couple that was good enough for the majors, including one he threw at 89 mph inside to a left-handed batter. Kopech cuts himself off a little in his landing but gets enormous extension out over his front side, so that 99 mph may very well look like 105 to a hitter.

And that’s not all!

There’s Luis Alexander Basabe that SoxProspects says:

Potential first division player, but high risk and a lot of development still to go. Should be able to stick in center field. Raw at present, but will flash at least four average-or-better tools. Development of hit tool is key to reaching ceiling. One of the most exciting young players in the system.

As well as Victor Diaz who is basically a lottery ticket at this point, but a lottery ticket with a fastball that touches 100mph. So, I’d gladly buy that lottery ticket.

Analysis:

The Red Sox paid a hefty price to win now and will probably end up regretting doing so. If they don’t win the World Series this season then what was even the point? Considering even the best teams have a 1-in-8 chance of doing that, it’s a risky move. That’s why they brought in Dave Dombrowski though and he is doing exactly what he does. The Red Sox should easily top 90 wins this season and should be a favorite along with the Cubs to win the World Series. For their fans and the demanding owners, this move might be worth it… if they win.

That said, you might want to jump on Bovada.lv right now as they still have the Red Sox +1000 to win the World Series. That number will go down once they adjust for these trades.

For the White Sox, this is an embarrassment of riches. With the team feeling like it has been going nowhere for years with no one to get excited about, Yoan Moncada is a ray of light on their fanbase. They could have him in the majors this season if they wanted to or they could give him some more time to season as to control his service time. Kopech is probably a year or two away as well, but by 2018 Chicago has the core of a very nice young team.

Considering they still have Jose Quintana in their holster to trade, the White Sox could end up with one of the very best farm systems in baseball in just a few weeks time. The losing next year will be tough, but it won’t nearly be as bad as this year when it all seemed so pointless. Chicago gave up their best starter for the Red Sox’s #1, #5, #8 and #28 best prospects according to MLB. That’s a pretty damn good haul, especially considering how good the Red Sox system is, and the future looks pretty damn bright on the south side.

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