Sale heads to Boston as Chris changes Sox

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Chris Sale is headed to the Boston Red Sox as part of a five-player trade with the Chicago White Sox.

As late as Monday it appeared as if Sale was set to move to the Washington Nationals, instead it is the Red Sox who have grabbed one of the top left-handed pitchers in MLB.

Sale will slot into a rotation that includes Rick Porcello and David Price, forming an imposing trio to face in a series, particularly in the postseason.

But the Red Sox paid a steep price. 

Boston parted with 21-year-old infielder Yoan Moncada and 20-year-old right-handed pitcher Michael Kopech.

Soler is regarded as the most exciting Cuban prospect since Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler, while Kopech has topped 100mph with his fastball.

Also headed to the White Sox are Luis Basabe, a 20-year-old outfielder, and 22-year-old right-handed reliever Victor Diaz.

Sale, 27, earned his fifth consecutive All-Star selection in 2016 and finished the season 17-10 with 233 strikeouts in 226 2/3 innings pitched. 

His contract will pay him $12 million in 2017, with club options of $12.5 million for 2018 and $13.5 million for 2019, a relative bargain in the current market.