Traded Chris Sale to the Braves

The Braves and Red Sox have pulled off a pre-New Year's Day blockbuster.

The Braves acquired seven-time All-Star pitcher Chris Sale in a trade with the Red Sox. Infield prospect Van Grissom is headed to Boston. In return, the Red Sox would send cash to the Braves with sales. Sale is due $27.5 million in 2024 and has a $20 million club option in 2025. Boston will send $17 million to Atlanta as part of the deal, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

Sale, 34, went 120-80 with a 3.10 ERA in 343 games over 13 major league seasons with the White Sox and Red Sox. A 2018 World Series champion with Boston, he finished in the top six in American League Cy Young Award voting every season from 2012-18.

In six seasons with the Red Sox, the left-hander was 46-30 with a 3.27 ERA. Last season, he made 20 starts and went 6-5 with a 4.30 ERA.

Grissom, 22, has played 64 games with Atlanta, batting .287 with five home runs and a .746 OPS with 41 at second base and 19 at shortstop.

In 102 games with Triple-A Gwinnett in 2023, he batted .330 with a .419 on-base percentage, .501 slugging percentage, eight home runs and 13 stolen bases, striking out just 66 times in 15 attempts and drawing 56 walks. .

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