The White sox had been shopping Chris Sale around since the trade deadline of this past season. Finally, a deal has been made and he is going to the Red Sox. Many top prospects are involved and these prospects have the potential to impact the future of their respected ball clubs.
The White Sox received who is regarded as the #1 prospect in baseball, Yoan Moncada, an infielder who has five-tool potential and could be a superstar. Along with him is Michael Kopech who is a flame-throwing pitcher that can top 105 mph . He is ranked as the 67th prospect in all of baseball according to MLB.com. After those two are minor-league pitcher Victor Diaz and infielder Luis Basabe. A very high price tag for an ace the Red Sox may just need to capture another World Series.
Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski has not been shy about pulling the trigger on trades in his tenure with the team so far. The most questioned one up to this point is the trade of highly regarded pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza to the Padres for Drew Pomeranz. Espinoza is currently the 13th ranked prospect according to MLB.com and for a player who didn’t even make the Red Sox rotation in the playoffs. Does not seem to be ideal but it may play out well. Earlier today the Red Sox dealt infielder Travis Shaw along with two minor-league prospects in their system named as infielder Mauricio Dubon and pitcher Josh Pennington. This deal shows the organization’s commitment to rather underwhelming Pablo Sandoval and hoping that he turns it around and plays well. The Red Sox still need to fill the void that David Ortiz has left and in the coming days they are expected to do so while looking at players like Mitch Moreland and Pedro Alvarez. Those two wont replicate the production but they could at least be serviceable.
The Red Sox are now a World Series contender with an MVP candidate in Mookie Betts and three Cy Young potential starters in Chris Sale, David Price, and reigning winner Rick Porcello. They should have a pitching staff that will be one of the best if not the best in baseball. With the acquisition of Tyler Thornburg and relief pitcher Carson Smith coming back from Tommy John surgery, their bullpen also has the potential to be great on the heals of closer Craig Kimbrel. The White Sox on the other hand, are building toward the future. Moncada and Kopech can be franchise players for them and have very high ceilings. The team as whole will not be bad in the short term but average at best. The future is possibly very bright. It is an interesting day to be a Sox fan.