Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Todays Sports)
The gamesmanship is in full swing.
Perhaps the most notable quote from the MLB Winter Meetings came from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who compared the Red Sox to the Golden State Warriors after Dave Dombrowski’s acquisition of Chris Sale.
According to Dombrowski — who addressed Cashman’s salvo when appearing on the Trenni and Tomase Show from Christmas at Fenway Saturday afternoon — this won’t be the last of the public relations poking and prodding.
“We joked, I said, ‘I know what you’re doing with this Golden State Warrior type stuff. Remember, they lost two of their first three. You have this monster back with [Aroldis] Chapman and they’re going from there.’ They are not kidding me. They are in a position where they have a very good organization. They are trying to be competitive. They still have a good team and have some good young players,” the Red Sox president of baseball operations said.
“It’s funny, because they’ll joke about, he tries to keep pressure on us. He said, ‘I’m going to say this every single day. You’re going to read about this every single day.’ I said, ‘That’s great. We’ll embrace expectations. But don’t give this Golden State Warriors stuff.'”
While the Yankees clearly are not up to the level of the Red Sox when it comes to starting pitching, they are positioned well throughout the majority of their roster, starting with a bullpen which just locked up the closer on a five-year, $85 million deal. New York also added free agent Matt Holliday to shore up it’s offense at the designated hitter spot.
“You can talk about the Cardinals and the Cubs, and you can talk about the Giants and the Dodgers. But I don’t think there is any question the No. 1 is Red Sox and Yankees and when they’re both at the top of their game, it’s good for the game of baseball,” Dombrowski said. “We want to make sure we win those, and it’s much better when the Red Sox are winning. But I think it’s good for the game of baseball.”