The Red Sox have acquired LHP Chris Sale from the White Sox in exchange for INF Yoan Moncada, RHP Michael Kopech, OF Luis Alexander Basabe, and RHP Victor Diaz.
Sale, 27, had a 3.34 ERA and 1.03 WHIP while striking out 233 batters in 226 2/3 innings (32 starts) last season. He has a 3.00 ERA and 1.06 WHIP during his seven-year career.
Sale will earn $39.5 million through 2019, after which he is eligible for free agency.
He will join a Red Sox starting rotation that includes David Price and Rick Porcello.
The Yankees and Red Sox are two teams with two very different circumstances in front of them.
The Yankees seem to be willing to bide their time until they are comfortable making the type of move the Red Sox did today with Sale. Boston sent their best prospect (who cost them $63 million when they signed him), a top-10 prospect, a top-30 prospect and another hard thrower to the White Sox because they believed they were one player away. The Yankees know they are not there yet.
With the deal, the Red Sox look to be favorites on paper in the American League East for at least a couple of seasons. Meanwhile, the Yankees will concentrate on seeing what they have in their younger players as they figure out how to approach the abundant free agent market in the winter of 2018-19.
Every move or non-move the Yankees make at this point in time is centered on being ready to compete at the highest level in 2019 and beyond -- consequently, the point at which Sale's contract comes to an end.