From Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com comes word that the Royals have traded outfielder Greg Golson to the White Sox for cash considerations.
Golson was drafted 21st overall by the Phillies in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft. He never developed into much of a hitter and has made only 42 career major-league plate appearances, but the 26-year-old still possesses good speed and elite defensive ability, and will act as quality organizational outfield depth for the Pale Hose during the 2012 season.
Golson batted .263/.330/.385 with eight home runs, 33 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 105 games last year for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He is a .263/.311/.396 career hitter in the minors.
No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.
Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.
Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.