Adding [Chris] Sale to Rick Porcello and David Price gives the Red Sox a formidable starting rotation, but the rotation – and the rest of the roster – was plenty formidable without him. Porcello and Price have won Cy Young Awards in the past five seasons, and the three pitchers competing for the other two spots would easily win spots in most other rotations.
In case you didn't hear, the mighty 'Socks acquired
[W]hile Sale was the jaw-dropping acquisition of the winter for the Red Sox, it's not lost on him that he's joining a team stocked with veterans of October, [and] a 93-win team returning largely intact.
"Jaw-dropping." That's right. There's a term you don't just hear enough. (I would have gone with "face-melting," but that's just me.) So, let's take a moment to lift our jaws from the floorboards. But wait! There's more. Don't forget the bullpen!
It’s not only the acquisition of Tyler Thornburg, the health of Carson Smith and the transition of Joe Kelly that has the relief corps in good shape at the start of spring training. All it takes is simple math to see how Sale will save the relievers from having to record one additional out each game this season.
Listen... We all know the deal on the 2017 Yankees. For us to win 90, every traffic light has to glow green. Even if our prospects produce, we're still a year away from the kind of jaw-dropping, face-melting, heart-stopping, Irritable Bowel Syndrome crapola that the Redsock blather machines are churning. This may be a year when we merely get to celebrate a Boston collapse. But if it happens, dear God, it should be fun.