Monday Morning Cheat Sheet - December 12th, 2016
The Boston Red Sox traded for their third Ace last week, snagging Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox. Sale, is quite possibly the best pitcher to be pitching for an awful team, but now he'll join the AL East Champions rotation, which includes 2012 Cy Young Winner David Price and reigning Cy Young Winner Rick Porcello. In order to close the Sale (GET IT?) the Red Sox traded Prospects Yoan Moncada, Mike Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Ruiz, all of whom are in the top 25 Red Sox prospects. Moncada also happens to be the #1 Prospect in all of baseball.
The Washington Nationals, who were also tied to Sale, quickly topped the Red Sox by shelling out top pitching prospects Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Torres, as well as Dane Dunning for Chicago White Sox OUTFIELDER Adam Eaton... To quote Bryce Harper's deleted tweet, "Wow..."
Danny Espinosa the only Major Leaguer to be effected by this deal was strangely absent from the team’s Winter Fest. It was reported that he was very angry about the trade for Eaton, as it means he’s out of his job at shortstop, because of Trea Turner’s move back to short. Espinosa was traded to Anaheim soon after.
The biggest loser in all of this is Carson Fulmer, who began this week as the #1 Prospect in the Chicago White Sox Farm system. He is currently ranked #5.
Fulmer’s stock could drop even lower, as it has become clear that the Chicago White Sox are not done with their Winter Meetings Rebuild now that the Astros are reportedly closest to landing Jose Quintana. Sweet JESUS what a week for Chicago! AND SPEAKING OF…
Dexter Fowler did the exact opposite thing Jason Heyward did last offseason and signed a deal with the Saint Louis Cardinals worth $82.5 million over five years. This is not a bad move for Saint Louis, considering the bullet they dodged by letting Heyward walk after 2015.
Aroldis Chapman became the highest paid closer of all time this past week, resigning with the New York Yankees for 5 years, totaling $86 million dollars. If Chapman pitches his average amount of innings in a season over the next five years, he’ll make $300,000 an inning. Not a bad day’s work.
Fernando Rodney signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’s the dude that does that arrow thing when he completes a save. You don’t remember him? That’s because he played for San Diego and Miami, two teams who did not win a ton of games.
Andrew McCutchen is reportedly "bothered" by all of the trade talks surrounding him this offseason, and that is totally understandable. I mean, how would you feel if your mom brought you to Chuck E. Cheese's and tried to give you away to other families.