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There are so many mixed reports about Chris Sale. Some say there's no chance he gets moved, while others tout the idea as if it's a definite. Today will definitely be a whirlwind with rumors about Sale.
If the report from Big Nightengale is true, and I believe it to be as well, you have to wonder what the Red Sox would give up for Sale. It almost seems like if Sale goes anywhere, it will be to Boston. Sale is the Clayton Kershaw of the American League and has a desire to win that is infectious.
Bob Nightengale on MLB Network: "Red Sox want [Sale] very, very badly. I think this has a chance. It's flip of coin whether he gets moved."— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) August 1, 2016
This year, Sale is 14-4 with an ERA of 3.17 in 20 starts.
For Sale, the Red Sox would have to give up a hefty amount. Red Sox Nation seems split on what the Sox should and shouldn't give up. They already have David Price, Drew Pomeranz, Rick Porcello, and Steven Wright, so starting pitching isn't as urgent as it once was. But at a second glance, the starting pitching is no where near reliable. Price has been shaky all year with his ERA of 4.26. Pomeranz has an ERA of 7.53 in 3 starts with the team. Wright had an ERA of 6.23 in July.
I wouldn't call that reliable.
There have been various reports saying that the Red Sox would have to give up many top prospects or players for Sale. If the BoSox really do want Sale, they should do whatever it takes to avoid dealing away Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, and Xander Bogaerts.
Players who should be on the table for Sale are Eduardo Rodriguez, Michael Kopech, Blake Swihart, and if need be, Travis Shaw. There are others who the Red Sox should also consider giving up in the deal, such as Henry Owens or Trey Ball.
Nonetheless, the Red Sox don't desperately need Sale, but they could certainly use him. It'd be great to get him, but the Sox shouldn't trade away cornerstones of their future.
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