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Brian Cashman thinks the Red Sox are MLB's version of the Warriors after Chris Sale trade

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MLB spent most of Tuesday trying to wrap its collective head around the fact that after a blockbuster trade, Chris Sale is joining a Red Sox rotation that already boasts Cy Young Award winners David Price and Rick Porcello, not to mention Drew Pomeranz and the knuckleball wonder Steven Wright. But Yankees GM Brian Cashman put it most succinctly:

As in, Chris Sale is Boston's Kevin Durant -- one of the best players in the league, period -- and a team coming off an impressive season (the Red Sox won 93 games in 2016) just got even more impressive. As in, the Red Sox five starters are baseball's equivalent of the Warriors' starting five and if one doesn't get you, the other will. As in, "let's not throw around the word 'superteam,' but ..."

Red Sox manager John Farrell isn't going to disagree. "We love our team, and there's a lot of reasons for it; a young, athletic group that's returning," he told reporters at the Winter Meetings. "But there's a lot into it and you have to execute."

Not that he's clearing a space for the Commissioner's Trophy just yet. He continued:

"You can put all the big names you want on a roster, but it's going to be important for our guys to buy into us as a team, to understand that we are here and we're working towards winning a championship, and that's going to require certain players accepting their roles inside of this team. So as long as their focus is what's best for our team first and not individual players, we should be OK."

The rest of the American League, though, isn't going to surrender to Boston's super-rotation that easily:

After all, even the Warriors have lost three games this season. 

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.