ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 27: Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Texas Rangers on July 27, 2012 at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
Last week, I speculated that Cashman was referring to Jose Quintana when he said that nobody wanted to do the trade business he was proposing this offseason. He was actually referencing a different White Sox pitcher — Chris Sale.
I, along with 95% of people who voted in the poll, agree that would have been a dumb move for the Yankees. Gary Sanchez, even if we are overhyping expectations for him this season, is currently the cornerstone of the Yankees future plans. If everything goes the way we want it to, El Kraken will be front-and-center the next time the Yankees parade the World Series trophy through the Canyon of Heroes.
As for Severino and the two mystery prospects Hoch mentioned? That makes sense, assuming those other two prospects are not named Gleyber Torres or Clint Frazier — which I think is fair to assume or else Hoch would have said them by name. The deal-breaker in this, and any other deal (with the exception of trading for Mike Trout), is Gary Sanchez.
It’s unknown if Cashman countered with a different centerpiece to the Sale trade, but it seems about in-line with what the White Sox eventually accepted from Boston — Yoan Moncada, the number one prospect in MLB.
Sale was a great pickup for Boston (hot take, I know…). He makes sense for what they are doing now. The Yankees, on the other hand, still have plenty of building to do, and adding Chris Sale but subtracting Gary Sanchez is not a step in the right direction.