More trade drama. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the previously reported trade between the Dodgers and Angels has been cancelled. The Dodgers had agreed to send outfielder Joc Pederson and pitcher Ross Stripling to the Angels in exchange for infielder Luis Rengifo and two prospects.
The deal was contingent on the Dodgers acquiring Mookie Betts from the Red Sox. That trade hit a snag over former Twins reliever Brusdar Graterol‘s medicals, but was reworked and completed on Sunday. As a result, the trade between the Dodgers and Angels was also expected to be finalized.
Jon Heyman reported on Friday that Angels owner Arte Moreno was unhappy (in fact, “quite upset”) that the deal was on pause until the Betts deal went through. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that there’s no deal after all.
Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke said this morning that Chris Sale won’t be ready for the start of the season. He’ll begin the year on the injured list.
The reason is not, Roenicke says, his rehabbed elbow directly. It’s that he’s been sidelined with pneumonia and is thus a couple of weeks behind in his preparation. Roenicke, as paraphrased by Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe, said that it was “unfair” to give sale “just four starts” this spring.
Which, as Rotoworld’s Matthew Pouliot observes, is kind of strange because Sale’s last four spring trainings have consisted of three, five, four and two starts, respectively, yet he has been deemed ready to go each year. Pouliot also notes that, if he was truly only a couple of weeks behind, as Roenicke says, he’d be ramped up to about four innings per outing or so by the time the bell rings as opposed to six, maybe, and that that’s not an unusual level of stamina for a starter in this day and age given the changes in bullpen usage. Ideal for Sale? Maybe not, but not the sort of thing one would expect to result in an IL stint to start the year.
An overabundance of caution informed by the fact that, well, the Red Sox aren’t intending to compete this year? A change in philosophy under the Red Sox’ interim new manager? Or is there something going on with Sale’s health at the moment?