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Yankees GM Brian Cashman happy he didn't trade for Chris Sale

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman happy he didn't trade for Chris Sale

Two years ago, when the Red Sox traded two of their top prospects -- Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech -- for Chris Sale, the Yankees were in the bidding for the star left-hander as well. But general manager Brian Cashman felt the White Sox' asking price was too high and stepped aside, clearing the way for Sale to head to Boston.

Sale has gone 29-12 in two years with the Sox and helped them to a World Series championship this year, though his contributions in the second half ot the season and the playoffs were limited due to a shoulder injury. But Cashman is having no second thoughts about saying no to the White Sox.

"Thank God I didn’t do that, actually," Cashman told reporters at the general managers' meetings, as reported by the New York Post, "because you’d be missing some serious components of our major league club right now that are under control. We wouldn’t have gotten anywhere if I did anything like that with the White Sox back then."

One of the players the White Sox wanted was Luis Severino, who has emerged as the ace of the Yankee staff. Cashman didn't identify who else he would have to surrender, except to say that they would have had to give up at least one of the team's core position players.

“In this case, you’d be losing starting position players that you have that are young and controllable as well as a pitcher (Severino) who was a Cy Young Award candidate (in 2018) in his own right,” Cashman said. “We just weren’t in the position back then.

"No regrets on that. Good, sound business decisions then.”

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Red Sox Rumors: Sox have competition for potential FA target Adam Ottavino

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Red Sox Rumors: Sox have competition for potential FA target Adam Ottavino

The free agent carousel has gone round and round, yet the Red Sox are still without a reliever. 

Several of baseball's top free agent relievers have gone off the board, and none have ended up in Boston. Now, one potential target in Adam Ottavino is reportedly garnering interest from the Rangers, per Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. 

Morosi reported that the Red Sox were showing interest in Ottavino just before the new year, but not much news has come out since. 

Ottavino would be an excellent addition, as the bullpen is left without a lot of depth after Joe Kelly ended up in Los Angeles and Kimbrel remains unsigned. Ottavino is the top reliever left on the market outside of Kimbrel, who is reportedly being courted by Philadelphia

The Red Sox have decided to sit back and let the market come to them thus far this offseason, but between Philly pursuing Kimbrel and Texas pursuing Ottavino, they may have to make a move sooner rather than later. 

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MLB rumors: Phillies "have visions" of Bryce Harper, Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel moves

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MLB rumors: Phillies "have visions" of Bryce Harper, Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel moves

The Philadelphia Phillies were expected to be big spenders over the MLB offseason with several marquee players hitting the free-agent market.

So far, however, the Phillies have not made a major splash, but a couple huge moves could be on the horizon. USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale provided some insight Tuesday with a tweet on the Phillies' current situation.

Bryce Harper arguably is the best hitter on the free-agent market, while Craig Kimbrel is the top closer still unsigned. Dallas Keuchel is one of the few quality starting pitchers without a contract. If the Phillies signed one or more of these players, the rest of the market might start to move a bit faster.

Kimbrel reportedly was searching for a nine-figure payday at the beginning of free agency, but that doesn't seem realistic at this point with his market looking pretty small. He spent the last three years playing for the Boston Red Sox and helped them win the 2018 World Series. The Sox remain one of the best options for him.

The Red Sox lost Joe Kelly to the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency and several other top free-agent relievers already have signed with other teams. Kimbrel and Adam Ottavino are the two best bullpen options left for the Red Sox to pursue in free agency. The Red Sox showed an extraordinary amount of patience in their pursuit of outfielder J.D. Martinez in free agency before the 2018 season, and it paid off when they signed him for a team-friendly price. Taking the same approach with Kimbrel isn't a bad idea, but if he chooses to sign elsewhere, Boston won't have many quality options left to replace him in free agency.

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