Boston making moves
The Red Sox have been working hard to improve an already good team, by adding the great Brewer’s reliever Tyler Thornburg and the White Sox’s lights out starter Chris Sale, about time he changed his socks. Boston needed some more pitching to keep games close, and I believe these guys are the answer.
8-5, 2.15 ERA, 67 IP, 90 K, 13 saves
17-10, 3.34 ERA, 226.2 IP, 233 K.
Just great all around numbers, and if you’re worried about Sale being a starter in the AL East, don’t you worry, he has had no problems in the past. He’s 14-8 with a 2.53 ERA in his career, and in 2016 he went 6-0 with a 1.55 ERA and an astounding WHIP of .82, just wow.
But of course these acquisitions did come at a price. Travis Shaw was shipped to Milwaukee, along with Sox prospects Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington. Shaw had a good season in 2016 batting .233 with 16 homeruns, 71 RBIs, and 34 doubles after taking over for Pablo Sandoval at 3rd. This is exactly why his stock rose, and the trade was made. This also shows that the Sox have faith in the Kung Fu Panda to be back and ready to perform.
Now as for the Sale trade a little bit more of the future was sent away, like highly touted infielder Yoan Moncada. Pitching prospect Michael Kopech, who was suspended 50 games in 2015 for a banned substance, was also sent away, but that move makes a little more sense given the suspension. As for the two other minor leaguers, I haven’t been able to get names just yet, but given the trade, Chicago must see a future for them.
As for other moves, rumors have surfaced about Boston’s interest in first baseman free agent Mitch Moreland, who didn’t have a stand out year in 2016, by only batting .233, but he did have 22 homeruns and 60 RBIs. This move also makes sense however, it would replace Shaw’s bat and possibly move Hanley Ramirez to a full time DH. Other rumors are that the Sox are looking into bringing back the hard hitting Mike Napoli, who is also a free agent, and would be a great replacement for Big Papi’s bat.
I’m loving these moves. With Sale, Porcello, and Price, who promised the city of Boston he’d step up his game, in the same rotation the AL East is going to have some problems in 2017. Also with the Red Sox picking up John Farrel’s 2018 option, the full investment is in to win. Let’s go boys.