So, we have to say goodbye to a number of players whose cards I have been accumulating in my Red Sox collection. So that is where we will start.
Only two players with Major League experience were traded:
There were five other minor leaguers traded Tuesday, three of whom appear in my Red Sox collection:
Finally, Luis Basabe and Victor Diaz were also traded. I have no cards of Basabe, but he looked like an interesting outfield prospect. He hit .264/.328/.452 with 12 home runs and 53 RBIs. Diaz was 2-5 with a 3.88 ERA in Greenville.
Boston traded Shaw, Dubon, and Pennington to the Milwaukee Brewers for Tyler Thornburg.
Boston signed Mitch Moreland as a free agent.
Finally, Moncada, Kopech, Basabe, and Diaz were traded to the Chicago White Sox for Chris Sale.
All told, it hurts to trade Moncada, Dubon, and Kopech, and to a lesser extent, Shaw. I am not a huge prospect collector, but I like the idea of Boston developing their own players. Seeing them trade homegrown players stings, but that pitching staff is going to be tough and the bullpen should be a strength. Moreland is not going to replace David Ortiz's production, but he should be decent. I am excited for the season. Can we just start now?