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Red Sox president rips Yankees after wild MLB trade deadline

Boston Red Sox Sam Kennedy, Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Kyle Schwarber

The 2021 MLB trade deadline was one of the more hectic ones in years, which featured notable moves made by both the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

As the Yankees are looking up at the Red Sox in the AL East standings, team general manager Brian Cashman went all out to acquire a pair of potent left-handed hitters in Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo. On the other hand, the Red Sox opted for a more conservative stance at the trade deadline, which included hauling in Kyle Schwarber from the Washington Nationals.

Even as the Yankees were far more active at the trade deadline than the Red Sox, Boston team president Sam Kennedy is not much concerned with the outside noise regarding this matter.

Kennedy spoke further to WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” about the Red Sox’ trade deadline moves, where he took one notable shot at the team’s long-time rivals.

“They had to be active because I think they are 3-10 against us,” Kennedy said.

Amid the criticism that the Red Sox did not do enough at the trade deadline to bolster the team’s depth, Kennedy is much confident that Boston can still finish the season as division winners.

“I disagree with the premise that we’re standing pat,” Kennedy said. “When you’re adding Kyle Schwarber and you’re bringing in two pieces in the bullpens, right-handed and left-handed. I just disagree with the premise that we’re standing pat. I think it’s a compliment to the group that we have and what Alex Cora and his staff have done.

“We’re at 109 games into the season and we’re a game out of first-place. We’re right there. We are absolutely going for it, trying to get into the postseason and seeing where it gets us. You never count out the Yankees. They are always going to try and improve. They do a great job, obviously. We feel we did what was right for us, and they did what was right for them. We’ll see how the next 50-plus games go. It should be fun.”

After a commanding first half of the season, the Red Sox have now been stringing together sluggish performances as they are 3-7 in their last 10 games. On the other hand, the Yankees are beginning to make some noise in the AL East, as they have won seven of their last 10 games.

The Red Sox, Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays should all put for one chaotic finish in the AL East later this season.