The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees were in very different places in the days leading up to the trade deadline.
And while you could argue whether or not such decisions are worth it, the Yankees elected to try loading up at the deadline. New York brought in Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo, as well as Andrew Heaney and Clay Holmes.
At the time of the deadline, the Yankees were 7.5 games back of the first place Red Sox, who added Kyle Schwarber, Hansel Robles and Austin Davis.
The slew of big moves prompted Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy to poke a little fun at Boston’s biggest rival.
“They had to be active, I think they’re 3-10 against us,” Kennedy joked.
He then disputed the notion the Red Sox were inactive at the deadline.
“I disagree with the premise that we’re standing pat,” Kennedy said. “When you add Kyle Schwarber and you bring in two pieces in the bullpen, right-handed, left-handed, I just disagree with the premise that we’re standing pat. I think it’s also a compliment to the group that we have and what Alex Cora and his staff have done. Here we are 109, 110 games into the season, we’re a game out of first place. We are right there, and we are absolutely going for it, trying to get into the postseason and then see where it takes us.
“You can never count out the Yankees, they’re always going to try to improve and they do a great job, obviously. But we feel we did what was right for us and they did what was right for them and we’ll see how the next 50-plus games go, should be fun.”
As of Thursday morning, the Yankees had trimmed their deficit to the Red Sox to five games, and they’re only two games back of the second wild card spot. And, for what it’s worth, the Yankees have won five of six since the deadline.
The Red Sox and Yankees will next meet for three games in New York beginning August 17.
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