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:
"They gave up a lot and they got a lot. Boston is like the Golden State Warriors now in baseball." - Brian Cashman on the Chris Sale trade- Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) December 6, 2016
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:
The rest of the American League, though, isn't going to surrender to Boston's super-rotation that easily:
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After all, even the Warriors have lost three games this season.