Dombrowski Presser: Chris Sale Deal Accelerated Friday
Dave Dombrowski and John Farrell met the press at the MLB Winter Meetings and talked about the major acquisitions made by the club. Dombrowski revealed that the Sale trade "accelerated" last Friday as discussions with the White Sox took on a new life. Said Dombrowski: "It came down to the fact that this deal gave us a significant chance to win. When you have a chance to win, you want to take every opportunity to do that." When asked about the qualities Chris Sale brings, Farrell stated, "He pitches with an edge, a competitive nature. Over and above the obvious numbers." Dombrowski was asked if the surplus of starting pitching will lead to some trades. He replied, "Perhaps. We could trade a starter. There isn't room for seven starters. So, we're open-minded." Finally, Farrell talked about his third base situation for 2017, saying that Pablo Sandoval"has to go out and earn it."