Sale on yielding ace role: 'We play for a trophy, not a tag'

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale delivers a pitch during a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago. A person familiar with the trade tells The Associated Press that the Boston Red Sox have gotten star pitcher Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, because the trade hadn't been announced. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
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BOSTON (AP) New Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale says he isn't worried that he might not be the ace of the pitching staff after being traded from the White Sox to Boston.

The 27-year-old lefty told reporters on Wednesday, ''We play for a trophy, not a tag.''

Sale was traded to the Red Sox on Tuesday at the baseball winter meetings. He was the top starting pitcher on the market, and the Red Sox gave up touted prospect Yoan Moncada as part of a package to land him.

Sale has been an All-Star for five straight seasons and finished in the top six of the Cy Young Award voting each time. He joins a staff that already includes 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and '12 winner David Price.