Morning Sports Update: Yankees GM calls Red Sox ‘the Golden State Warriors of baseball’

"I would think the expectation on the Red Sox is sky high."

Sale, pictured during a start for the White Sox at Fenway in June.
Sale, pictured during a start for the White Sox at Fenway in June. –Globe Staff/Jim Davis

The Red Sox completed the biggest move of the offseason Tuesday, among several others.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman says Red Sox are now Warriors of MLB: The rest of the AL East was left in awe when the Red Sox acquired White Sox southpaw Chris Sale, and Brian Cashman had a unique analogy for the situation. “Boston is the Golden State Warriors of baseball now,” Cashman said Tuesday at baseball’s winter meetings. “They’ve got their Durant and Green and Thompson and Curry.” (ESPN)

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Dave Dombrowski, John Farrell reveal how Chris Sale deal was done: The Red Sox pulled off a stunning trade in bringing aboard Chris Sale, at the cost of Cuban wunderkind Yoan Moncada, and Dave Dombrowski said the possibility was too tantalizing to pass up. “This is one of the best pitchers in baseball, proven,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that you’re going to win by any means, but I think you keep taking a chance and going for it as much as you possibly can and hopefully it works…” (WEEI)

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6 reasons Red Sox fans should be excited about Chris Sale: There’s a lot to know about lanky left-hander Chris Sale, from the elite company he shares (in more than one regard), to the surprising team he has turned into a personal punching bag. Sale’s big fastball is what made him a household name in Chicago, but before that he donned a “Red Sox” uniform once before, and the five-time All Star will look to establish that same renown here in Boston this April. (Boston.com)

The Chris Sale deal has David Ortiz ‘thinking’: If a Cy Young caliber pitcher doesn’t have you excited for 2017 baseball, then David Ortiz’s latest Instagram post will probably do the trick for Red Sox fans. One big question that Red Sox fans asked after the trade was whether the team should have tried harder to add Sale in Big Papi’s last season, but the slugger stoked those dreams of a Sale-Ortiz tandem in a different way in his reaction to the trade. (Boston.com)

Pablo Sandoval appears to be in excellent shape judging by this photo: Another story line to emerge in the wake of the Chris Sale is the Red Sox’s apparent confidence in a rebound for third baseman Pablo Sandoval. The team sent Yoan Moncada and Travis Shaw, two third basemen, away in the trades for Sale and Tyler Thornburg, leaving Sandoval as the heir apparent at the hot corner. Based on this recent photo from spring training, the Kung Fu Panda is in far better shape this go-round. (NESN)

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