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Brian Cashman: Yankees were wise not to trade for Chris Sale

Rob Bradford
November 07, 2018 - 9:06 am

Of course, the Yankees would love to have Chris Sale. But their general manager has absolutely no regrets about not making a deal for the lefty ace two years ago when presented the opportunity.

Speaking at the general managers' meetings in Carlsbad, Calif. Brian Cashman told reporters that the asking price for Sale leading into the 2017 season was not palatable, and such a deal would have significantly slowed their current trajectory.

"Thank God I didn’t do that, actually," Cashman told the New York Post, "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."

Cashman revealed that the White Sox were asking for Luis Severino as well as one of the team's core position players (which, according to the Post, he wouldn't identify).

Since being acquired from the White Sox in exchange for top prospects Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech and two other minor leaguers Sale is 29-12 with a 2.56 in 59 regular season starts, with the Red Sox going 40-19 in his starts. He will be eligible for free agency following the 2019 season.

During those same two seasons, Severino is 33-14 with a 3.18 ERA 63 starts. The Yankees' record on the mound over that time is 44-19. The righty is entering his first year of arbitration-eligibility.

"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 according to the Post. "We just weren’t in the position back then. No regrets on that. Good, sound business decisions then."

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