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    6/4, Batter the Braves

    Sam Kennedy and John Henry sure don’t care. Look forward to next year’s annual ‘modest’ ticket price increase after a third straight last place finish.
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    6/4, Batter the Braves

    That was the worst excuse for an ovation I’ve ever seen. He deserved so much better. Maybe they should have waited till later in the game with more people in their seats but that was an embarrassing performance from Sox fans. And I was there, so it’s not just muted crowd mics. It was lackluster...
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    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    That was the reported Rangers trade, not the Braves.
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    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    Well we now know the Braves came calling the Sox about Sale multiple times under Chaim. So they probably initiated the conversation again under Breslow. But what I want to know is did the Braves offer the Red Sox the same framework of a deal that they had previously offered Bloom that was...
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    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    Change of scenery can be good but Sale wasn’t exactly looking for a change. It’d be different if we still had Dave Bush, who was lousy. But with Bailey in the fold, I can be reasonably confident Sale would be doing the same thing here. But maybe there’s an injury curse that he shedded by leaving...
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    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    Sale could put up 8 WAR this year and win a cy young and people would still defend the trade, if for nothing else for the simple notion that ‘we weren’t competing this year anyway’ (which in it of itself is a problem).
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    Following Former Red Sox 2024...

    Pedroia didn’t find it so awesome. I guess I wouldn’t either, if I unexpectedly had shrapnel sent in my direction. I don’t recall Sale ever putting a teammate in actual danger like Ortiz did there.
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    Following Former Red Sox 2024...

    Except his former teammates in Boston have literally been gushing about him, how he mentored the kids (and still does with Houck, Crawford) and just in general how great a teammate he was? His last few years were not kind to him, so I think we can conclude he was still a good dude when things...
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    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    That is how it works. Vesting options are also team options, at least that’s how Sale’s was always described from day one since he signed it. So it’s not accurate to say they only had one year of control for Sale.
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    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    I would say that a broken finger from a line drive, a broken wrist from a bike fall are not predictive of future injuries, no.
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    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    We have over a decade of data on what Chris Sale is when he’s healthy. And even when not 100%, he’s still pretty damn good. The jury is more out on the likes of Houck, Whitlock etc than it is Sale. Sale has done it before, many times over!
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    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    Not sure we can say Whitlock looks like a rotation anchor at this point given he’s once again missing time with injuries. If anything, they should be closer to finally ending the Whitlock starting experiment and put him back in the bullpen.
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    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    It still doesn’t make sense to call Sale a 6th starter though. Pretty sure most of the Braves rotation is also getting extra rest, due to the schedule they’ve had.
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    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    Not sure how much bad luck, he hasn't been hitting the ball very hard at all. Meanwhile, Chris Sale shoved again tonight, 7 shutout innings, 9 k’s. AA really pulled off a heist here. I’d sure love to know what Sale trades he tried before with Chaim that got turned down. Would not be surprised...
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    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    would be more than fine bumping Whitlock from the rotation given that he, once again, has broken down after not even a handful of starts. He just isn’t cut out for starting, period. Time to pull the plug on the experiment and put him back in the pen where he shines.
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    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    Yeah he’d probably be doing much worse because Bailey can’t get anything out of these guys… right?
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    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    I don’t buy that because Houck and Crawford were both in the rotation last year with Chris Sale and they were already minus guys like Kluber and Paxton. He wouldn’t be blocking them in any way. They’d still be dong their thing only there’s a decent chance Bailey has Sale looking like 2017 Sale...
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    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    I mean he officially didnt sign until the 3rd of January but the deal was announced on December 29th, one day before the Sale trade. But, yes, the ’dependable’ guy they replaced Sale with is now out for the entire season with zero innings contributed. Almost like no pitcher is actually...
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    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    They essentially swapped Sale’s spot with Giolito. If they don’t sign Giolito, they almost certainly don’t trade Sale. So far that swap isn’t exactly working out for the Red Sox.
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    5/8: Sale Day takes on a new meaning

    Fine. They still controlled him for two years.