Red Sox acquire ace Chris Sale in trade with White Sox

"That's nice. It takes some pressure off of everybody. Just pitch because you don't feel like you have this huge weight on your shoulders to win this game, for sure, 100 percent". But after offering four prospects, including two top prospects in infielder Yoan Moncada and pitcher Michael Kopech, Boston came away with the experienced starting pitcher. Sale was the premier pitcher on the market following a season of spats with White Sox management over clubhouse issues.

Sale was suspended by the team for five days without pay for destroying collared 1976-style uniforms the team was scheduled to wear July 23, saying they were uncomfortable.

"It didn't work out. You really need to go for it when you can, when you think you have a legitimate chance to win". "I appreciate my time with the White Sox and I'm looking forward to the next chapter". At just 27, he's a five-time MLB All-Star and he led the American League in strikeouts in 2015.

"There's a surplus right now", he said on Tuesday. "When you look at the talent on this team ... as a whole, you got some young guys, having a veteran leader and one of the best in the game in (Dustin) Pedroia, you can't ask for much more". He has accumulated 27.9 Wins Above Replacement since his debut in 2010, ninth-most in the major leagues over that span. Sale now holds a career 3.00 ERA and 3.06 FIP, excellent for a pitcher who has spent that entire time in the American League. Sale will make $12 million in 2017 and has team options for 2018 and 2019 worth $12.5 million and $13.5 million, respectively. Although he said the inflammation has diminished since the Red Sox were swept out of the playoffs two months ago, he's certain it would return if he resumed running and training for another season. Surprisingly, it was believed by the time business began on Day Two, Sale would be heading to National Harbor, Maryland for a press conference to officially announce the Nationals' latest acquisition. No one would ever say Price is a bad teammate or a bad guy - he's just a little too sensitive to criticism to be the guy that defines the identity of your pitching staff. "You're glad when you finally get the ball", Sale said.

Sale's affordable contract made him even more attractive to the Red Sox, who are trying to remain under the luxury tax threshold.

A native of Cuba, Moncada signed with the Red Sox in February of 2015. For that $63 million, the 21-year-old played a total of eight games in the majors, all this season, and batted.211 with one RBI.

It only took two days in the winter meetings for things to get insane. "The position that the team wants me to play".

The Red Sox also gave up outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe and right-handed pitcher Victor Diaz in the trade.

Meanwhile, Kopech opened the eyes of prospect-watchers by hitting a reported 105 miles per hour on the radar gun this year. With his height, power arm and long blonde hair, he has been compared to Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

"I would think that the expectations on the Red Sox are sky high", Cashman said. "I don't like to make comparisons, but that's not a bad person to be compared to".