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Evaluating the Braves-Red Sox Chris Sale for Vaughn Grissom Trade — College Baseball, MLB Draft, Prospects

Evaluating the Braves-Red Sox Chris Sale for Vaughn Grissom Trade — College Baseball, MLB Draft, Prospects


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Vaughn Grissom is now a Boston Red Sox (Photo by Alex Slitz/Getty Images)

A busy offseason for Atlanta and Boston got even busier on the 364th day of the year.

The Red Sox sent former ace Chris Sale and cash to the Braves for infielder Vaughn Grissom. The trade was an injection of action into what has been a relatively quiet offseason. The trade makes sense for both clubs and gives a clear indication of the direction of the Red Sox for 2024 and beyond under new GM Craig Breslow. 

This is the fifth trade made by Breslow since he took over the general manager duties on October 24th. So far this offseason Breslow has acquired six players under team control in outfielder Tyler O’Neill, pitchers Isaiah Campbell, Richard Fitts, Greg Weissert, Justin Slaten and now Grissom, a potential everyday player with above-average hitting ability. This comes a day after the Red Sox signed Lucas Giolito to a two-year contract. 

For the Braves they acquire a veteran starter and former ace who’s struggled to stay on the field the last six seasons. When healthy last season, Sale showed he can still contribute to a rotation. He’s also coming off a season in which he exceeded 100 innings for the first time since 2019. 

The Braves have been active on the trade market as well, as this was their seventh trade of the offseason. A majority of those moves have looked to address 40-man roster depth, the bullpen and supporting players around the Braves impressive young core of hitters who are largely signed to long-term deals. 

Braves Acquire: 

Chris Sale, LHP

Age: 34

For the first decade of his MLB career, Chris Sale was one of the best pitchers in baseball. Sale’s 30.2% career strikeout rate entering 2019 was the highest of any pitcher with 1000 or more innings before the age 30. While he has not won a Cy Young Award, he finished in the top five in Cy Young voting for six consecutive seasons.

Sale was showing signs of wear and tear coming out of 2018, as he struggled down the stretch with health during the Red Sox championship run that season. He was shutdown late in the 2019 season due to left elbow inflammation. Sale eventually had Tommy John surgery in 2020.

After Sale returned to a major league mound in late 2021 he’ s missed time with a right rib stress fracture, fractured fingers and a stress reaction in his left scapula. Over the last three seasons Sale has pitched just 151 total innings with an 11-7…

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