Are they this bad? No. But they’re not going to be championship-caliber for a while, either. And Bloom knows it. So do Henry and everyone else in the organization. They’re just not going to say it because they still want you to pay attention. But the upcoming free agent market stinks for starting pitching and the Red Sox are in no real position to deal prospects, which leaves Bloom with decidedly few options.
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Injured Red Sox ace Chris Sale is finding the positives in the COVID-19 shutdown.
Chris Sale "celebrated" his 31st birthday by going under the knife.
Red Sox starter Chris Sale will undergo season-ending surgery on his throwing elbow.
Mazz: Red Sox left praying for a miracle with Chris Sale's elbow and the threat of Tommy john surgery
Mazz looks at seemingly encouraging news on Chris Sale's elbow, and wonders if it's just a hail mary attempt to avoid Tommy John surgery.
With their pitching depth already thin and Chris Sale's status for the beginning of the year up in the air, the Red Sox have added an arm, signing 32-year-old Colin McHugh.
After having three separate doctors look at Chris Sale's elbow MRI, it has been determined the 30-year-old doesn't need Tommy John surgery right now.
After having an MRI following elbow soreness on Tuesday, Chris Sale's status remains up in the air. The Red Sox have sent the result to a third doctor for analysis.
Red Sox ace Chris Sale now appears in danger of missing essentially the next two seasons due to surgery. The question is, why did the Red Sox wait?
It looks like Chris Sale will be shut down for the second time since Red Sox Spring Training started 21 days ago, this time with an elbow issue.
On today’s edition of The Stack, The guys talk about new information being reporting on the likelihood of Tom Brady returning to the Patriots. Pete Davidson believes he's overstayed his welcome on SNL. Also, Chris Sale will be on the injury list for the beginning of the Red Sox season.
If the Red Sox knew they had to be under the luxury tax threshold as far back as the fall of 2018, why did ownership “green-light” the combined $213 million signings ($43 million annually in luxury tax) of Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi, two pitchers with histories of breaking down?
What to watch for in Red Sox Spring Training, including filling in the starting rotation, replacing Mookie Betts, and an eye on this year's key prospects.
He may be suspicious, but Red Sox lefty Chris Sale isn't going to sit around and cry about what may or may not have happened against the Astros in 2017.
In fact, the Red Sox lineup should still be quite good in 2020, which is hardly to say that the team is championship-caliber. They probably aren’t. But there is a lot to be determined between now and Halloween, and if the 2019 season taught us at all, it taught that there is no such thing as a sure bet.
According to a report from the Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, a red flag in the medical records of pitcher Brusdar Graderol (who is scheduled to move from the Twins to the Red Sox) has given Boston's front office pause and put the deal on hold.
Chris Sale has been cleared to throw for the first time since being shut down with an elbow injury in August.
Mazz: Why don't we have an answer yet on Chris Sale - and is he the linchpin of the Red Sox offseason?
So what’s going on here? Is Sale OK and are the Red Sox looking to trade him after foolishly signing him to a five-year, $145-million contract that has yet to even begin? Or is Sale injured and are the Red Sox busy trying to find ways to completely rebuild their starting rotation as a result?
Let’s remember that the Red Sox are in a fairly tight predicament. They want to shed about $30 million or more in payroll while addressing needs at first base, second base and on the mound. They have a thin farm system. And they want to contend at the time.
Somebody - or somebodies - must go. And we mean somebody (or more than one) from the group of Nathan Eovaldi ($17 million), David Price ($31 million), Chris Sale ($25.6 million) and, yes, Mookie Betts, the last of whom has a projected salary of $27.7 million next summer and will be a free agent at the end of the 2020 season.
Make no mistake, what Dombrowski’s Sox achieved this year was every bit as extraordinary as in 2018: for the first time in a long, long time – maybe ever? – the Red Sox played a season in which they were largely irrelevant.
Before you suggest it's “good news” that Chris Sale doesn't need surgery, let’s make this clear: Sale does not need surgery NOW, and the Red Sox have a depreciating asset despite limiting him over the last two years.
All signs point to Chris Sale being shut down for the remainder of the season.