Golden State is poised to win its second title in three seasons.
With the acquisition of Chris Sale on Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox added one of the most dominant arms in baseball to a rotation that already includes two of the last five AL Cy Young Award winners. Couple that with one of baseball’s best offenses a year ago, and Boston seems unstoppable rolling into 2016. So much so, that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman compared them to basketball’s most dominant team.
“That's a wow,” Cashman said of the Sale trade, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland. “Boston’s like the Golden State Warriors now in baseball. They got their Durant and their Green and Thompson and Curry.”
The Warriors, who won a title in 2015 and lost a 3–1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in this year’s NBA Finals, swapped out young forward Harrison Barnes for 2014 NBA MVP and four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant over the off-season. It’s probably a fair comparison given the magnitude of the move Boston pulled off during this year’s Winter Meetings.
Sale, 27, was selected to his fifth All-Star Game in 2016 and posted a 3.34 ERA over 226 2/3 innings to finish fifth in Cy Young voting. He was shipped to Boston in exchange for top prospect Yoan Moncada, fireballer Michael Kopech and two other young prospects.
– Kenny Ducey