The end should be near for Sale:
The Boston Red Sox have invested 5 years and 145 million dollars into Chris Sale when he signed right before the 2019 season. Chris was with the Chicago White Sox from 2010-2016 before Boston acquired him in late 2016 for prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech. Boston has been known to give big contracts to players in the past that don’t pan out well in the end. Chris Sale is another one of those players who might not be able to play out his entire contract with the Red Sox. Sale has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball but his health is a big concern going forward.
In four seasons with Boston, Sale was 35-23, and his best season was back in 2017 when he went 17-8, had a 2.90 ERA, and led the league with a major league-leading 308 strikeouts. He did in fact help Boston win the World Series back in 2018 by recording the last out of the season. Injuries have had their toll on Sale in recent years, with him being shut down before the end of the regular season in recent years.
Sale will be ready to go once spring training arrives on February 2021. Fortunately for Chris, he’s only missing 10-15 starts instead of the 30+ starts in a full regular-season schedule. Chris had surgery at the end of March 2020 which means he will be on track to pitch next season. If Boston doesn’t move on from him, be prepared for him to be on a pitch limit once he gets the go from all the doctors and the organization.
Chris Sale could be one of the most intriguing additions to the MLB pitching staff and can contribute as long as he doesn’t throw his arm out again. Sale throws extremely hard when he is on the mound and lights up a box score full of strikeouts just to help his team win. I wouldn’t be surprised if Boston moved him in the off-season just to see him get a fresh start in another uniform. The only thing is who is willing to take a chance on his rested elbow after coming off Tommy John surgery just months removed. If he does become available, I could see teams like the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers being interested in Sale’s services if he does become available.