Left-hander Chris Sale is leaving the American League Central Division.
There were multiple reports Tuesday that the White Sox had agreed to a deal to send Sale to the Boston Red Sox for infielder Yoan Moncada, minor-league pitcher Michael Kopech and two other prospects. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the news first.
Sale, who has a career ERA of 3.00 in 228 games over seven seasons, will join a Red Sox rotation that includes AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and David Price, another former Cy Young Award winner.
With a career WHIP of 1.065, Sale is a five-time All-Star who has finished in the top six of the Cy Young Award voting in each of the last four seasons. He has averaged more than 200 innings pitched in each of the last five seasons.
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Sale also made news this past summer when he cut up the White Sox throwback jerseys, and there had been speculation that he would be traded.
It was the first big deal at the Winter Meetings in Oxon Hill, Md., and the news stirred up social media channels.