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.
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.