We're glad the Mets didn't put their trust in Chris Sale
We sure are glad the Mets didn't make the trade the Atlanta Braves did. Infield prospect Vaughn Grissom was sent by the Braves to the Red Sox for Chris Sale. A pitcher well past his prime and still getting laid loads of cash, it's the type of trade that only Brodie Van Wagenen wouldn't hesitate to execute. He would have probably taken on more of the money or given up whichever of the Mets prospects turns into the best one in the future.
This would have been a headlining move for the Mets offseason if they did add Sale, but not an entirely exciting one. He hasn’t been able to stay healthy in recent years. Last season, logging 20 starts for the first time since 2019, he wasn’t even very good. At 6-5 with a 4.30 ERA, he was much more hittable despite decent numbers elsewhere on his stat ledger.
The Braves will only pay $10.5 million of Sale’s salary which is a huge bargain considering how much more so many of the free agent starters are getting. It’s close to half what Boston will pay Giolito.
For a team like the Braves, I suppose this can make sense. For the Mets, it wouldn’t have been the solution they’re looking for.