CARLSBAD, Calif. — Two offseasons ago, the Yankees passed on a trade for the White Sox’s Chris Sale.
“Thank God I didn’t do that, actually,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Tuesday at the general managers’ meetings, “because you’d be missing some serious components of our major league club right now that are under control. We wouldn’t have gotten anywhere if I did anything like that with the White Sox back then.”
Sale went to the Red Sox instead, of course, and the lefty has dominated the Yankees in their rivals’ uniform just as he used to do while with Chicago. Yet Cashman stuck to his guns because, he said, of a heavy White Sox request that included Yankees ace Luis Severino as well as at least one of the team’s core position players, whom Cashman wouldn’t identify.
“In this case, you’d be losing starting position players that you have that are young and controllable as well as a pitcher who was a Cy Young Award candidate in his own right,” Cashman said. “We just weren’t in the position back then. No regrets on that. Good, sound business decisions then.”
The Red Sox acquired Sale in December 2016 for a four-player package topped by pitcher Michael Kopech and second baseman Yoan Moncada. To date, neither player has excelled at the major league level.
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