The Red Sox are not in the market for an ace and are not looking to trade the one they already have, but the club has discussed tweaking the way Chris Sale is used next season.

“We’ve talked about it,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said during yesterday’s second session of the general managers meetings. “We haven’t sat down and talked to Chris about it as of yet. I think it’s something we’re looking at from an internal perspective, but realistically, it’s a challenge. It’s something we need to do, but it wasn’t something we weren’t cognizant of last year.”

Sale led the majors in innings pitched in 2017, and that workload seemed to take its toll as the left-hander struggled through the month of September and pitched to an 8.38 ERA in his two playoff appearances in the AL Division Series against Houston.

That rocky final month might cost him when the Cy Young Award is announced tonight. Sale led the league in strikeouts but finished second to the Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber in ERA, WHIP and opponents’ batting average. The Sox ace led Kluber in each of those categories before the All-Star break.