According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Twitter, the Red Sox have agreed to a blockbuster trade that will net them stud pitcher Chris Sale from the White Sox in exchange for the #1 prospect in baseball according to MLB.com IF Yoan Mocada as well as prospects RHP Michael Kopech, OF Luis Basabe and RHP Victor Diaz.
Rumors swirling from the Winter Meetings last night had the Nationals and White Sox making significant progress on a deal, and that Washington had an “80/20 chance” of acquiring the all-star lefty in the eyes of rival excutives, as Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted last night.
Sale, 28 on Opening Day, has spent the entirety of his seven year career with the White Sox, pitching to a 74-50 record with an even 3.00 ERA and 10.1 K/9.
Sale has appeared in five consecutive all-star games, and was the American League strikeout leader with 274 in 2015.
Moncada, 21, joined the Red Sox in 2015 after defecting from Cuba, and is oft considered the best prospect in baseball.
Moncada made debut for the Red Sox as a September call-up, appearing in eight games for Boston, going 4-for-19.
In two minor league seasons, Moncada hit to a .287/.395/.480 clip with 23 homers an 100 RBIs.
Kopech, 21 on Opening Day is the #67 prospect in baseball and the #5 prospect in the Red Sox system at the time of the trade.
Kopech was drafted in the first round of the 2014 first year player’s draft, and has topped out at 105 MPH on the radar gun.
The righty got as far as high-A ball last year, going 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 11 games started for the Salem Red Sox.
The other two prospects the White Sox are getting back in the deal for Sale are the #8 and #28 prospects in Boston’s system respectively.