By Danny Picard
BOSTON — The Chris Sale trade wasn’t just a great one for the Boston Red Sox. It was an absolute steal.
Boston acquired the 27-year-old ace in a trade on Tuesday that sent four prospects to the Chicago White Sox. Those prospects included 21-year-old infielder Yoan Moncada and 20-year-old pitcher Michael Kopech. Moncada was the Red Sox’ No. 1 prospect and arguably the top prospect in all of baseball. Kopech was the Red Sox’ No. 5 prospect.
Those two names alone have the prospect junkies — as I like to call them — up in arms. They believe the Red Sox “gave up on the future.”
I’m here to tell you that couldn’t be further from the truth. The future is still here. It’s in the form of 22-year-old Andrew Benintendi, 23-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez, 24-year-old Mookie Betts, 24-year-old Xander Bogaerts, 26-year-old Jackie Bradley Jr., and 26-year-old Christian Vazquez, just to name a few. That doesn’t even include last year’s first-round pick, lefty pitcher Jason Groome, who’s only 18-years-old, and will probably end up being listed as the organization’s No. 1 prospect at some point in 2017.