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Report: White Sox Trade Chris Sale to Boston for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech

Chris Sale will now wear Red Sox.
December 6, 2016, 7:03pm
Caylor Arnold—USA TODAY Sports

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Chicago White Sox traded ace Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox for 21-year-old Cuban second baseman Yoan Moncada, flame-throwing prospect Michael Kopech, and two other prospects. In 2015, the Red Sox agreed to a $31.5 million signing bonus with Moncada, Baseball America's top prospect last season who has one of the more bizarre defection stories you'll ever hear; then Boston had to shell out another $31.5 in penalties for exceeding their allotment of international bonus money. (Fun fact: that kind of deal will no longer be possible under the new CBA, which imposed a hard cap on international spending.)

The 20-year-old Kopech was one of the top two pitching prospects in Boston's system and started 11 games last season in class A+ Salem, finishing with a 2.25 ERA and 1.038 WHIP.

Others prospects coming to #WhiteSox are Luis Basabe and Victor Diaz.
— Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) December 6, 2016

In return, the Red Sox will receive three very affordable years from Chris Sale, where he will make $12 million in 2017, $12.5 million the following season, and then finally $15 million in 2019. Sale has a career ERA of exactly 3.00 and a 1.065 WHIP over seven years. He joins a staff helmed by reigning Cy Young winner Rick Porcello.

Let's hope he's cool with Boston's throwback uniforms.