The Red Sox made a major splash with Tuesday’s Chris Sale, the second swap of the day after acquiring Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers.
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While Boston had to give up top prospect Yoan Moncada and three other legitimate prospects in the trade, the deal gives them a very deep starting rotation that figures to see last offseason’s big acquisition -- David Price -- end up as Boston’s No. 3 starter.
Here’s what the reaction looked like as the trade came down:
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni gave the deal his stamp of approval.
You have to like this deal. I said it will start with Moncada and either Groome or Kopech, but I thought the next two names would hurt more— Lou Merloni (@LouMerloni) December 6, 2016
Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan cautioned against thinking the Red Sox at a discount.
Yoan Moncada is arguably the best prospect in baseball. Michael Kopech has thrown 105 mph. White Sox got enormous ceiling in the Sale deal.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 6, 2016
Blake Swihart was not one of the four prospects involved in the deal, and he’ll have a heck of a team to work with going forward.
👀👀 let's go to work!— Blake Aubry Swihart (@BLAKESWIHART_1) December 6, 2016
In Tampa, Chris Archer realized the AL East has a new ace.
WOW👀👀👀👀👀— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) December 6, 2016
And one Sox fan pointed out that Dave Dombrowski has absolutely dumped out what was once a large and top-heavy chest of prospects.