David Ortiz joked about coming out of retirement after the Red Sox traded for Chris Sale

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The Boston Red Sox made the first big trade of MLB hot stove season on Tuesday when they traded four prospects, including 21-year-old Cuban sensation Yoan Moncada, for White Sox All-Star lefthander Chris Sale.

Sale makes the Red Sox an immediate World Series favorite; indeed, former Boston General Manager Theo Epstein called the Red Sex the Golden State Warriors of the MLB. The addition of Sale also has David Ortiz pondering a return to Fenway next season.

After news of the trade broke, Ortiz posted an Instagram with a picture of Sale. The caption read: “My boy Sale to Btown … y’all got me thinking.”

My god???????????? my boy sale to Btown? You guys got me thinking ?????

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To be clear: Ortiz is almost certainly joking, so Sox fans shouldn’t get their hopes up – at least not yet. But after Big Papi’s monster season last year, there’s no reason to believe he couldn’t be productive again next year.