Red Sox: Grading trades, free agent signings of Dave Dombrowski
By Rick McNair
CHRIS SALE TRADE
Chris Sale may be the second coming of Pedro Martinez. Enough was written about this perpetual candidate for a Cy Young Award and his statistical and tailoring accomplishments. When this level of talent becomes available you simply cannot pass it up no matter what the price.
Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech were the price and both will be at the MLB level eventually. Moncada is the real deal and a projected five-tool player. The mercurial Kopech owns a heater that tops 100 MPH. Both will fill long-term needs for the White Sox.
Sale has been a delight for Boston in what is transpiring to be a miserable season. Even on the rare occasion when Sale is less than extraordinary he will still be his customary 10+ strikeouts and keep the Sox well in the game. This deal is another win-win for both teams and quite possibly the best move of the Dombrowski early going.
EARLY GRADE – A