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CSN Chicago: Red Sox 'most capable' of acquiring Chris Sale

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CSN Chicago: Red Sox 'most capable' of acquiring Chris Sale

Chris Sale is the sort of top-of-the-rotation starter the Red Sox achingly need, and there's a growing sense that the White Sox' ace may be available for the right package.

And -- according to Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago -- Boston may be one of the few teams with the type of young talent that could entice Chicago to surrender the 26-year-old left-hander, who's under contract via team options through 2019.

If ever there's an opportunity for another general manager to try and pry Chris Sale away from [general manager] Rick Hahn and White Sox, writes Hayes, it could be now . . . [There’s] a growing sense among rival executives that the current state of the White Sox could have Hahn -- who has always maintained no player is untouchable -- in a place where the previously unthinkable is no longer entirely out of the question.

That could open the door for the Red Sox, and the welcome mat for them may already be out. Reports Hayes:

Few teams boast a farm system or enough talent to absorb the cost of Sale. But one AL executive suggested the Boston Red Sox would be the franchise most capable of acquiring Sale and one Hahn would prefer because of the talent within.

Hahn likely would begin negotiations by aiming incredibly high and asking for a package revolving around shortstop Xander Bogaerts, 22, who produced a .320/.355/.421 slash line with seven home runs and 81 RBIs in his second full season in 2015.

But Boston also has young catcher Blake Swihart, of whom the White Sox are said to be fond. Not only have the Red Sox sought a front-of-the-rotation pitcher since last offseason, they also have a new head of baseball operations in Dave Dombrowski, who has to turn around a 78-84 club that was 14th in the AL with a 4.31 ERA in 2015.

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Michael Chavis bolsters AL Rookie of the Year case in latest Red Sox win

Michael Chavis bolsters AL Rookie of the Year case in latest Red Sox win

Dustin Pedroia was the last Boston Red Sox player to win American League Rookie of the Year in 2007, and Michael Chavis is doing his best to potentially join the veteran second baseman among the award's winners.

Chavis blasted a grand slam in Boston's 10-8 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on Monday night, becoming the first Red Sox rookie to do it since Mookie Betts in 2014. 

The 23-year-old first baseman now leads AL rookies with 52 RBI. Among AL rookies, Chavis' 16 home runs rank tied for second, his 73 hits rank second, his 40 runs are tied for first, his 27 walks are tied for second, his .330 on-base percentage ranks second and his 1.1 WAR ranks third.

Chavis, overall, is hitting .259 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI in 282 at-bats over 73 games. This is a pretty good stat line for a player with no Major League Baseball experience before 2019.

Chavis has plenty of competition for AL Rookie of the Year. Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe and Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Means are the two favorites. But if Chavis is able to remain a key part of the Red Sox lineup on a consistent basis, he should be among the top candidates for the award when the regular season concludes, especially if his performance helps Boston earn a postseason berth.

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Xander Bogaerts joins Hall of Famers as hot streak hits historic level

Xander Bogaerts joins Hall of Famers as hot streak hits historic level

The Boston Red Sox have won five of their last seven games despite some less-than-stellar pitching.

And they have Xander Bogaerts in large part to thank.

Bogaerts stayed scorching hot Monday night, going 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored to help the Red Sox defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-8 at Fenway Park.

With that performance, the Sox shortstop now has recorded at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored in seven consecutive games. That puts Bogaerts in some very elite company.

Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Jimmie Foxx and Joe Cronin all have their numbers retired at Fenway Park and are members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, while Troy O'Leary was a solid outfielder for Boston in the late 1990s.

Bogaerts still has four games to go to catch Williams (the Chicago Cubs' Ray Grimes owns the MLB record of 17 consecutive games with an RBI) but he's still put up some eye-popping numbers of late.

The 26-year-old has amassed 12 hits in that seven-game span to raise his batting average to .307 while adding 12 RBIs and four home runs since July 4.

Bogaerts has been Boston's best hitter in a lineup with plenty of big bats as he continues to earn every dollar of his recent contract extension.

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