Red Sox 'go for it' with trade for lefty ace Sale

Tue Dec 6, 2016 7:49pm EST
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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - The Boston Red Sox dramatically retooled to build anew after winning the World Series in 2013, but on Tuesday they revised the blueprint again to go all-in for another title chase.

The time was right to send four promising players, including top Major League Baseball prospect Yoan Moncada of Cuba, to the Chicago White Sox for five-time All Star pitcher Chris Sale, said Dave Dombrowski, Boston's president of baseball operations.

"We feel it gives us a chance to win now," Dombrowski told a news conference at MLB's Winter Meetings in Maryland on Tuesday.

Sale joins a rotation that already boasts this year's Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and previous recipient David Price.

Boston endured two losing seasons after their last World Series triumph but remade their roster in the process.

They won the American League East title in 2016 with only second baseman Dustin Pedroia and designated hitter David Ortiz as carryovers from the 2013 starting lineup but fell to the Cleveland Indians in their first playoff series.

Dombrowski believed he had to dip into his pool of young talent to put the team over the top.

"If you're going to get good players you have to give up good players and it hurts," Dombrowski told MLB TV.   Continued...

Dec 6, 2016; National Harbor, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox president of baseball operation Dave Dombrowski speaks with the media after the Red Sox made a trade for pitcher Chris Sale (not pictured) at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports