Chris Sale to Yankees
When the Red Sox acquired Sale they gave up two of the top prospects in baseball with Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech. Any deal with the Yankees would require an equal amount or more since it is the Yankees and within the division. And for the Yankees, you would have a Luis Severino and Sale duo. A frightening combination. The Yankees also have the one item that Sale would find irresistible assuming he is a proponent of capitalism – money.
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The deal with the Yankees would be significantly different than a prospect collection. The Yankees have prospects, but also players who have a distance to go on service time and can certainly supply a need for a “rebuilding” Boston. The two would be outfielder Clint Frazier and catcher Gary Sanchez.
Sanchez has whacked seven home runs and hit .296 at Fenway Park. A prodigious right-handed power stroke who is now hitting under .200. As a hitter Sanchez is dangerous and as a catcher, the same may be applied to his defense. Sanchez has a quick arm, but his footwork and skills have raised some concerns.
Frazier is locked out of the Yankee lineup. The 23-year-old right-handed hitting outfielder – like Sanchez – is under team control into the next decade with his earliest free agency 2024 and for Sanchez 2023. Frazier is a “potential” player and that goes with inherent risks. Sanchez also has concerns based on his batting average, but his power is undeniable.