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Brian Cashman: Yankees still ‘not on equal footing’ with Red Sox

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman would like the baseball world to believe that his team enters the 2018 MLB season as underdogs of some sort. Good luck with all that.

The basis of Cashman’s arguably dubious argument stems from the notion that the Yankees were merely a Wild Card team last season, whereas the Boston Red Sox were AL East champs. Until the Bronx Bombers knock off the BoSox off the pedestal, the Yankees are playing second fiddle, as far as from a divisional perspective.

“They are the American League East champs so we are not on equal footing,” Cashman said, via the New York Post. “We were a wild card. They are the American League East champs and we are not. We are not on equal footing until we take it away from them.”

Even the Post could not help but take a jab at Cashman over his claim (via Big League Stew):

From a theoretical perspective, Cashman has a point. But looking at it practically, there is no way a team as loaded as the Yankees — and this was before the addition of reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton — could be viewed as underdogs by any stretch.

What’s more? Cashman not only believes the Yankees are looking up at the Red Sox, the team should be wary of those teams coming up behind them.

“At the same time prevent anybody who finished behind us from surpassing us and joining the fray,’’ Cashman, clearly trying to temper expectations, said. “Toronto has done a lot of work on its roster and Baltimore is starting to make some signs. Ultimately, we are not on the same ground because [Red Sox] are the American League East champions.’’

It warrants noting that the Red Sox (93-69) edged the Yankees (91-71) for the AL East crown only by the slimmest of margins. Further, New York made it all the way to a decisive Game 7 of the ALCS before losing to the eventual world champion Astros. As CC Sabathia noted this past offseason, the Yankees once again should be known — and feared — as the Evil Empire.