The last question tossed at Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during a Monday afternoon news conference started with a reminder that the Boston Red Sox offered a better package in the 2016 offseason when they acquired ace Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox.
The Red Sox went on to win three AL East titles in a row plus the World Series last fall with Sale heading their rotation.
If Cashman had a chance for a redo there, he’d still pass on giving the White Sox what they wanted.
“Obviously the asking price on Sale back then was some of the anchors of what we have on this team now,” Cashman said of the White Sox reportedly asking for catcher Gary Sanchez, ace pitcher Luis Severinoand two high-end prospects.
Flash forward to the here and now: The Yankees again are looking for a starting pitching upgrade, and they’re now onto plan B after being outbid two weeks ago by the Atlanta Braves for free agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel.
What’s the Yankees’ game plan to improve the rotation before the July 31 trade deadline?
It’s a work in progress for Cashman, who made a big deal last weekend by acquiring slugging first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners for teenage pitching prospect Juan Then.