- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Chris Sale is going to the Boston Red Sox for infielder Yoan Moncada, pitcher Michael Kopech and two other prospects.

That means Sale will not be coming to the Washington Nationals, who were believed to be the front-runner for his services until Boston hopped in front with a deal that included Moncada, who many label the top prospect in baseball.

The Nationals had multiple prospects to offer the White Sox, including Lucas Giolito and Victor Robles. But, the White Sox opted for a package from Boston that included Moncada and Kopech, a 20 year old who has not pitched above Single A.

Washington did not need Sale, per se, in their rotation. But, he would have been a major upgrade as their lone left-handed starter instead of Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez was linked to the New York Yankees should Sale have come to Washington.

Instead, Gonzalez is still in the District. Sale is not, and two of the Nationals’ targets at the winter meetings in National Harbor — closer Mark Melancon (a free agent) and Sale — have gone to other teams.

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