Chris Sale Trade Has Big Papi Rethinking His Retirement (Instagram)
The Boston Red Sox pulled off a blockbuster trade with the Chicago White Sox at MLB’s winter meetings on Tuesday, acquiring ace left hander Chris Sale in exchange for highly touted infield prospect Yoan Moncada and pitching prospect Michael Kopech.
Rumors that the White Sox were willing to trade their ace had been circulating for a while, and they only intensified after his July jersey-slashing tantrum and subsequent criticism of manager Robin Ventura. However, the transaction still came as a bit of a shock to those in and around Major League Baseball—including a certain recently retired Red Sox legend.
On Tuesday, after the dust began to settle on the Chris Sale trade, David Ortiz took to Instagram to welcome Sale to his “f*cking city.” In the process he suggested the acquisition has him reconsidering his retirement:
Big Papi announced his retirement prior to the 2016 MLB season, and in October the Cleveland Indians closed the book on his legendary career with a three-game sweep of the Red Sox in the ALDS. His “got me thinking” comment is almost surely a joke and not an indication that he is seriously considering a comeback.
That said, the guy did hit .315/.401/.620 last year with 38 dingers and 127 RBI. So you can’t blame Red Sox fans for holding out hope for a Christmas miracle.