Yankees GM Brian Cashman on missing the Chris Sale trade: ‘Thank God’

Chris Sale delivers the pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series. —Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images

Despite Chris Sale’s instrumental role — both on and off the field — in helping the Red Sox win the 2018 World Series, the rival Yankees don’t regret avoiding a trade for him in 2016.

In fact, New York’s longtime general manager is thankful for it.

“Thank God I didn’t do that, actually, because you’d be missing some serious components of our major league club right now that are under control,” said Yankees GM Brian Cashman at the general managers’ meetings on Tuesday. “We wouldn’t have gotten anywhere if I did anything like that with the White Sox back then.”

According to the New York Post, Cashman revealed that Yankees ace Luis Severino was part of the White Sox’ ask in the proposed deal to send Sale to the Yankees following the 2016 season. Additionally, Cashman claimed that Chicago demanded at least one other core position player.

The Yankees refused the offer, and Cashman said he has “no regrets on that.”

The Red Sox eventually parted with four prospects for Sale in December 2016, including top prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech. In two seasons with the White Sox, Moncada has played in 203 games, batting .234 with 25 home runs and a .724 OPS. Kopech made his Major League debut for Chicago in 2018, going 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA in four starts.


Kopech tore his ulnar collateral ligament in September and will likely be out until the start of the 2020 season after having Tommy John surgery.

In Sale’s two years with the Red Sox, he’s gone 29-12 with a 2.56 ERA and averaged 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Against the Yankees in the American League Division Series, Sale went 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in two appearances.

Most recently, his strikeout of Dodgers infielder Manny Machado won the World Series for Boston.

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