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Red Sox Sale Into The Mystic

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Brian Cashman found himself in an insoluble position when it came to jumping into  the Chris Sale Sweepstakes, how unfortunate…

So, the impuissant Bomber GM pulled up  a chair and helplessly sat on his hands while his good buddy Dave Dombrowski put the finishing touches on emptying the Touted Boston Red Sox Farm  system

With the acquisition of Chris Sale, Cashman’s perceptive statement pretty much sums up what his sagacious pal up in Boston  just pulled off

“That’s a wow,” Cashman said of the Sale trade, “Boston’s like the Golden State Warriors now in baseball. They got their Durant and their Green and Thompson and Curry.”

Ah yes TitleTown now has two Dream Team’s in place… Ten Yard Tommy’s Patriots will have to  share the stage with the Big  Dombrowski, the fierce wheeler dealer who just imported the best  pitcher in the AL from Chicago to Boston

The battle for Sale, an  Ace pitcher, who is under contract for 3 more years at $38M, was pretty much a mis-match

5 years/$32.5M (2013-17), plus 2018-19 options

17:$12M, 18:$12.5M club option ($1M buyout), 19:$13.5M club option ($1M buyout)

The Big Dombrowski’s main competition was  Prospect Porn hoarder Mike Rizzo, the perennial bridesmaid GM of the Washington Nationals

Trea Turner was not in the deal, nor should he have been, despite one of the MLBTV Analytics nerds saying Moncada was equivalent to Turner in value..

Trea Turner is a legitimate Star, he was a star  from day one, Yoan Moncada who  cost Boston $63M was a monster at Single and Double A ball, but his plate discipline, base running,  and defensive warts were exposed when  Boston  called him up last September in an  effort to Hand him a playoff roster spot

Moncada bombed,  ( 4 for 19  with  12 K’s, striking out his last 9 AB’s) while his fellow Double A teammate Andrew Benintendi reminded folks in Boston of Fred Lynn

The Big Dombrowski flipped the still highly touted Moncada before his value potentially would drop, the industry was already starting to draw up vague “bust labels”

It’s a fact  Moncada’s popularity  was taking a slight hit, but The Big Dombrowski  still sold high.. Let’s remember 8 months ago Moncada was an untouchable like Betts, Bogarts, Bradley and Benintendi , so  selling at all  was a sign Moncada had disappointed the Boston front office…

The 2nd rocket in Trader Dave’s pocket was 20 yr old Michael Kopech a flame throwing top of the rotation prospect with a screw loose

On July 15, 2015, he was suspended 50 games for testing positive for oxilofrine, a banned stimulant. That abruptly ended his season at Single A Greenville (4-5, 2.63 ERA), where he was an all-star.

Things got worse for Kopech before they got better. In early March 2016, he broke a bone in his pitching hand during an altercation with a teammate. Then-Red Sox general manager Mike Hazen called the incident “stupid” and said that Kopech “needs to grow up.”

No worries Kopech had excuses for both incidents, but the real reason he was back in the limelight in Boston, he was starting to pitch  his ass off at Single A, then blew the competition  away in the Arizona Fall League

Kopech’s value was sky high so Prospect hoarder Mike Rizzo never stood a chance…

We’ve been here done this with Boston, remember back in 2010 when they signed Carl Crawford, traded for Adrian Gonzalez, the were the Greatest  Team Ever… 

Sale will make the Red Sox a tough week  end at the old ball park, especially for the Yanks, and the AL East in general

Sale went 17-10 with a 3.34 ERA in 32 starts last season, fanning 233 and walking 45 in 226 2/3 innings. Against the Yankees, Blue Jays, Rays and Orioles — his new AL East rivals — he was 6-0 with a 1.55 ERA.

Chris Sale: 1.17 ERA vs Yankees is lowest by any pitcher in last 100 years (min . 50 IP).

What the Big Dombrowski has managed to  do is empty the Boston farm system, so  there won’t be anymore trades unless he decides to flip the last Blue Chipper’s  Rafael Devers, and New Jersey High Schooler Jason Groome

If Boston needs depth, good luck with  that type of help  from  the farm  system..

That  said, on paper they have a monster pitching staff, and yesterday Trader Dave found a rebilding team with a reliever weapon so  he cashed in more chips for Tyler Thornburg 

TBC I’m out of time


Written by Sal

December 7, 2016 at 6:21 am

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  1. I can only hope that the Sucks have one of those seasons where everything goes wrong, hitters don’t hit, twitchy midgets get old fast, much-touted arms have terrible seasons,,
    All the pundits are proven wrong ( like this past Election)
    You know,,, a Bosucks kind of year 🙂


    December 7, 2016 at 12:12 pm

  2. that’s the spirit Donny…

    this is a crazy haul, almost the same guys that were in the Sale deal

    The Nationals and White Sox have agreed to a trade that will send outfielder Adam Eaton from Chicago to D.C., reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Right-hander Lucas Giolito is going to Chicago, as are other pieces. Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports that right-handers Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning are also in the deal.

    As for Chicago GM Rick Hahn, he’s bolstered his farm system by a staggering amount in a span of roughly 26 hours, as he added Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz in yesterday’s Chris Sale blockbuster with the Red Sox. Remarkably, the Nationals were reported to have offered both Giolito and Lopez in their offer for Sale, and despite making the decision to rebuff that offer, he acquired both ballyhooed righties just one day later (hat tip to MLBTR’s Charlie Wilmoth on that observation).


    December 7, 2016 at 5:32 pm


    Cubs get 1 yr of Wade Davis for Jorge Soler….


    December 7, 2016 at 6:07 pm

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