OXON HILL, Md. -- No surprise that Chris Sale got traded, it was time to go. The real shocker? That the Boston Red Sox swooped in to snag him.The reloading Red Sox pulled off the biggest deal yet at the winter meetings, acquiring the dominant ace from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday for a hefty package of four prospects.The ability to get a Chris Sale doesnt come along very often, Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said.Sale joins an already talented rotation with the AL East champions, now pitching alongside 2016 AL Young Award winner Rick Porcello, former winner David Price and knuckleballer Steven Wright. He leaves behind a shredded reputation in Chicago, suspended by the team last summer after he flew into a rage and cut up retro uniforms that club was supposed to wear.The 27-year-old Sale has been an All-Star in each of the last five seasons, finishing high in Cy Young Award voting every time, but has never played in the postseason. To get him, Boston traded four minor leaguers: high-priced third baseman Yoan Moncada, considered by many the top young talent in baseball, along with pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz, and outfielder Luis Basabe.Sale was a top trade target across the majors this offseason, and the Washington Nationals seemed to be the favorites to land him this week.Ultimately, it came down to two in the end, and both of them were aggressive and presented us with solid packages that we had to choose between, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said.Said Nationals GM Mike Rizzo: We put a lot of effort into it and thought we made a good, valiant effort ... and we fell short.Dombrowski said the Red Sox had talked on-and-off to Chicago about Sale over the years, but we really didnt have any ongoing conversations. The sides began speaking in earnest on Friday and it accelerated, he said.To New York Mets manager Terry Collins, it was a great deal -- for him, being division rivals of the NL East champion Nationals.I really thought for sure he was going to end up in Washington. I really did, Collins said. We dodged a bullet.A few hours earlier, Boston got prime setup man Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee. After that deal was announced, Dombrowski said, Were trying to win now, as you can see.Few knew then exactly how hard the man fittingly wearing bright red socks was trying.Sale was 17-10 with a 3.34 ERA and 233 strikeouts this year, a season after he led the majors by fanning 274. He also comes with his benefit: a team-favorable contract that calls for a $12 million salary next year and includes club options for 2018 at $12.5 million and 2019 at $15 million.Given his financial status, Sale was controllable and projected to be damn good going forward, and its tough to give that up, Hahn said.At the same time, we have to be realistic about where we are and the likelihood of, with this current group, getting to where we want to be. In the end we had to make the tough decision to let go of someone as valuable as Chris in order to pull back what we feel is a premium package thats going to help put us in a better position long term, he said.Drafted by the White Sox in 2010, Sale became a starter in 2012 and zoomed into a star.In between the lines, he pitches with an edge, Red Sox manager John Farrell observed. His numbers and performance speak for themselves, but I think there is maybe a persona that he projects certainly across the field.This year, the relationship between Sale and the White Sox became extremely strained.Sale was suspended for five days without pay for destroying collared 1976-style uniforms the team was scheduled to wear July 23, saying they were uncomfortable. He lost $250,000 of his $9.15 million salary and also was fined about $12,700 -- the cost of the tattered jerseys. He blamed manager Robin Ventura for not defending his players.During spring training, Sale was quite vocal about the decision to limit the time teammate Adam LaRoches son was allowed in the clubhouse. That flap led to hard feelings all around, along with LaRoches retirement.The White Sox went 78-84, and havent made the playoffs since 2008.Boston went 93-69, then got swept by Cleveland in the AL Division Series and finish out the career of retiring slugger David Ortiz.The Red Sox signed Moncada in March 2015 for a $31.5 million bonus, the largest ever for an amateur player, and paid an additional $31.5 million in tax. For that $63 million, the 21-year-old played a total of eight games in the majors, all this season, and batted .211 with one RBI. He hit .294 with 15 homers in the mid-minors.The 20-year-old Kopech was the 33rd overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft. The right throws hard and went 4-1 with a 2.08 as a starter in Class A.Basabe, also 20, hit .264 with 53 RBI in Class A. Diaz, a 22-year-old righty, went 2-5 with a 3.88 ERA in relief in Class A.---AP Sports Writers Howard Fendrich and Stephen Whyno contributed to this report. 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The fight was the fourth of Malkins seven-year career and a symbol of just how frayed the top-seeded Penguins appeared. "I think anytime you see Evgeni Malkin fighting hes away from his game," Cooke said. "Emotions are high." Cooke understands he and the rest of his teammates will have to keep them in check. The NHL declined to further penalize Cooke for his hit on McQuaid, meaning hell be back on the ice Monday, offering Cooke a sense of relief. Once one of the leagues most notorious hitters, Cooke missed Pittsburghs opening round loss to Tampa Bay two years ago while serving a suspension. He has since cleaned up his act, though watching the second half of the game from the dressing room gave him unwelcome flashbacks. "Ive been in that situation before and its no fun," he said. "Im thankful I can go out tomorrow night and help my team." 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He beat Tomas Vokoun with a semi-flubbed wrist shot in the first period then added a gritty score in the third period when he charged the net and knocked in a rebound. Its what Krejci tends to do this time of year. He put up a league-high 23 points in the 2011 playoffs while leading the Bruins to their first championship in nearly four decades. Hes on pace to crush that number through 13 games. "It definitely gives the rest of us a lot of confidence and makes us want to do our part too," Marchand said. "It flows all the way through the lineup when a guys going like that and creates energy for the rest of us and allows us to feed off of that." Bostons three goals tied for the most given up by Pittsburgh goalie Tomas Vokoun since he replaced Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 5 of the first round. Bylsma didnt place the blame for Pittsburghs worst loss of the post-season on Vokoun and doesnt seem intent on switching back to Fleury anytime soon. "We lost Game 1, but Tomas I thought played real well in the game," Bylsma said. "He made big saves." Rask just made bigger ones. A sprawling stop on Malkin at the end of the first period kept the Bruins in front and he appeared to get stronger as time wore on. Pittsburgh trailed all of 17 minutes in regulation during a five-game romp over Ottawa in the conference semifinals. Boston tripled that number in one game. Cooke praised Bostons preparation while hinting the Penguins werent as prepared as they needed to be following an eight-day layoff. The Bruins present a significant step up in class and a drastic shift in style over the Islanders and Ottawa. "Its a different game than weve seen," Cooke said. "Its round 3 and I think its an eye opener for us and expectations for how the games are going to go has to change. I think thats healthy for us. Now we can get it out and move forward." Boston expects nothing less. The Bruins flustered Crosby and Malkin in the opener. 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