If the Red Sox were looking for some offseason bulletin board material to go with their 2018 World Series trophy, Yankees president Randy Levine just gave it to them.
"I think we're as good as the Red Sox right now," Levine said of his club on Tuesday, according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. "I think they had a better postseason than us. … I said that postseason could have gone either way with a couple of innings.
"They have a great team and they're going to be a really great team for a long time, but I think we're as good as they are." (NY Post)
The Yankees recently improved their roster by acquiring lefty starter James Paxton in a trade with the Mariners. Yankees GM Brian Cashman also pursued top free agent starter Patrick Corbin before he signed a six-year deal with the Nationals on Tuesday.
But as good as Boston? Already?
The Yankees did win 100 games this past season, but finished eight games behind the Red Sox in the AL East before losing to them in four games in the American League Division Series.
The Yankees lost by one run in two of those games, while the third defeat was a 16-1 shellacking in the Bronx.