RED SOX TO BUY ON SALE?

The White Sox’ ace is sud­denly avail­able.

Metro USA (Boston) - - FRONT PAGE - MATT BURKE @burke_metro matthew.burke@metro.us

ESPN.com ran a cu­ri­ous head­line this week: “If White Sox get se­ri­ous about sell­ing Chris Sale, Red Sox would have to lis­ten.”

Lis­ten to a team try­ing to sell you on the best pitcher in the Amer­i­can League? As the kids say th­ese days, “obvi.”

Red Sox boss Dave Dom­browski re­called last year’s trade dead­line in the piece, say­ing that it was the teams with the big guns that were call­ing the teams with the pu pu plat­ter of prospects in the clos­ing min­utes be­fore the dead­line. Con­ven­tional think­ing leads you to be­lieve that most block­busters are done with the quar­ters teams call­ing the dol­lar teams ini­tially and the dol­lar teams even­tu­ally cav­ing. That’s not al­ways the case, ac­cord­ing to Dom­browki in Scott Lauber’s piece.

“If you wait, I re­mem­ber last year at the very end, I’m not go­ing to say who, but I re­mem­ber there were a cou­ple clubs that were look­ing for [a big re­turn], and on July 31, they were call­ing around and say­ing, ‘Would you take this guy?’” Dom­browski said. “That could hap­pen this year, too. I think it’s a fun time. It’s some­thing we re­ally need to keep abreast of, and our peo­ple do a good job of that.”

As for the price tag for Sale, as we out­lined last week — it would take the world, even af­ter Sale’s ugly jersey episode. Here’s an idea of what it would take:

Yoan Mon­cada

(ranked the 5th over­all prospect by MLB.com)

Travis Shaw

(Red Sox’ start­ing third base­man)

Rafael Dev­ers

(ranked the 15th over­all prospect by MLB.com)

Michael Kopech

(now the topranked pitcher in Sox’ farm sys­tem with loss of An­der­son Espinoza)

A deal like this would strip the Red Sox of nearly all of their top prospects, out­side of An­drew Ben­in­tendi, but Dom­browski is cer­tainly the ul­ti­mate “all-in” base­ball ex­ec­u­tive and the Sox are knock­ing on

Chris Sale is 14-3 this sea­son with a 3.18 ERA. GETTY IM­AGES

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