It is to be assumed, of course, that Rays GM Andrew Friedman and Red Sox GM Ben Cherington fielded many inquiries before eventually settling on a deal for their respective aces. According to one report, however, each team's owner was not inclined to greenlight any swap with the colossus in the Bronx ...
GMs for Red Sox and Rays both told by ownership they could trade their elite pitchers anywhere in majors — except to #Yankees.— David Lennon (@DPLennon) August 5, 2014
Take that, Yankees!
Heavy is the head that wears the crown, even when it hasn't worn it since 2009.