Brian Hines (@BringLesterBack)
The Red Sox offseason has started early this year, and rumors are flying. One name linked to the Red Sox is the all-star left handed pitcher Cole Hamels. But forget about him, another top left-handed could be for 'Sale'. The recent rumors are out of Chicago. The White Sox have been rumored to be shopping their left handed ace, Chris Sale.
|The White Sox ace could be a trade target by the Red Sox this offseason|
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It would take a lot to acquire the 6'6" Sale from Chicago. But the Red Sox front office might give up a lot for him. One thing that you keep hearing over and over again is how Henry does not want to give max contacts to pitchers over 30, who have never had arm surgery. Sale's contact will keep him under the Red Sox control until 2017 for a pretty cheap 9 million dollars a year - exactly the kind of contract Henry is looking for. The Red Sox would be acquiring a 26 year old pitcher who is coming off a Cy Young quality year and is headed for the prime of his career. Plus Sale's contract comes to am end with two team options in 2018 and 2019 - music to John Henry's ears. This means the Red Sox could keep the superstar on their roster until is was 30. Then Henry can decide if he wants to extend him or keep his rule with 30 year olds and let him walk.
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But to make things clear, Sale would not be dealt just for Swihart. Even though the White Sox need a catcher it wouldn't get done. Thats where Henry Owens name comes in. The Red Sox top pitching prospects. It would be tough to trade 2 out of their top 3 prospects, but it might be worth it for Sale. If the Red Sox aren't interested in trading Owens along with Swihart, they could try Webster, Ranaudo or maybe both in-place of Owens. That would be much more interesting for the Red Sox but Chicago might have no interest.
Expect the Chris Sale rumors to pick up after the World Series. Sale would be a big addition to a struggling Red Sox rotation.
Thoughts or comments? Let me know on twitter or leave a comment below. Brian Hines 10/06/2014 09:31:00 PM Tweet