The Red Sox had “late night talks” with the White Sox about Chris Sale


USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that the Red Sox had “late-night talks” with the White Sox regarding a Chris Sale trade.

We’ve been speculating about a Sale trade for some time, with the Dodgers most often mentioned as the top destination. The Red Sox, however, have a ton of prospects from which to deal, however, and putting Sale in the Boston rotation next to David Price would certainly bolster the Red Sox’ chances this year. And next year. And two years after that given how long Sale is under contract.

Which is to say: if the Red Sox or anyone else wants to pry Sale away from Chicago, it’ll take a pretty big haul.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”