The White Sox agreed to trade Sale to the Red Sox on Tuesday for four prospects, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. After the field was narrowed down the Red Sox, Nationals and Braves, Boston ultimately won the Sale sweepstakes with a package headlined by Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech. Sale finished in the top five in the AL Cy Young voting for the fourth consecutive season, posting a 3.34 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 233:45 K:BB. He's under team control for three more seasons with team options for 2018 and 2019.
Sale (17-9) allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out seven over seven innings in a win Tuesday over Tampa Bay. Sale has now thrown quality starts in all but one of his past nine starts and has walked either one or zero batters in all but two of those outings. However, Sale has been a bit susceptible to the home run battle in this stretch. He has now allowed seven home runs in those nine starts and 25 in 31 starts on the season as a whole. His 3.21 ERA ranks seventh in the American League, and if not for his troubles keeping the ball in the yard, Sale could be the leader himself.
Sale (16-9) suffered an embarrassing loss Wednesday against the Phillies. He allowed six runs on seven hits while striking out five in four innings. Wednesday marked Sale's second-shortest outing of the season, but was arguably his most humiliating performance of 2016. Entering the game, the Phillies owned MLB's second-worst team batting average (.238) and ranked dead last in team OPS (.682). Sale had pitched at least eight innings in each of his previous five starts, owning a 1.50 ERA while notching 50 strikeouts over 42 innings. The left-hander will look to forget this lackluster effort when he makes his next start Tuesday at home against the Rays.
Sale allowed four runs (three earned) with 10 strikeouts and just one walk in a complete-game victory over the Royals on Friday. Sale threw first-pitch strikes to 24 of 35 batters faced, induced nine ground-ball outs and notched double-digit strikeouts for the third time in the last five starts. He has taken it to another level down the stretch, as he has gone at least eight innings in each of his last six starts, while allowing no more than three runs in any and posting a stellar 58:9 K:BB ratio. He will have the opportunity to keep it rolling Wednesday against the Phillies.
Sale allowed two runs on six hits and struck out eight over eight innings but took a no-decision Monday against the Tigers. Sale was stellar other than a pair of solo home runs from Miguel Cabrera, a forgivable offense for even the best pitchers on their best days. He has now thrown four quality starts with an amazing 36:7 K:BB, 1.91 ERA and 0.88 WHIP over 33 innings. Look for him to continue to bring the fire down the stretch.