According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Atlanta Braves are acquiring oft-injured pitcher Chris Sale from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for infielder Vaughn Grissom.
34-year-old left-hander Chris Sale has struggled with injuries, making only two starts last season and nine in 2021, with an ERA of 4.30 in 20 starts.
The Braves are hoping that Sale, who achieved a 12-3 record with a 2.11 ERA and 237 strikeouts for the 2018 World Series Champion Red Sox, still has something left in the tank. He agreed to waive his no-trade clause and is joining Atlanta, who are in need of rotation help behind Max Fried and Spencer Strider, especially with Charlie Morton out due to injury and other Braves pitchers, including Ian Anderson, in recovery.
Infielder Vaughn Grissom has played in 64 games over the past two seasons, splitting time between the majors and Triple-A.
Following Sale’s acquisition, the Red Sox likely found him expendable after signing pitcher Lucas Giolito to a two-year contract.
Atlanta lost in the NLDS to the Philadelphia Phillies, while Boston missed the postseason.