TAMPA — Aaron Boone’s team hasn’t even reported for spring training, but the third-year manager already has seen the Yankees’ chances of winning the AL East set to improve dramatically.
With Mookie Betts and David Price on the verge of being traded to the Dodgers in a blockbuster move that figures to cement Los Angeles as the favorites in the National League and the Yankees as the clear front-runners in the AL, Boone said Thursday he won’t be sorry to see Betts go.
“Obviously, he’s about as good as it gets,’’ Boone said. “I won’t miss facing him 18 times a year, that’s for sure.’’
In what would amount to a salary dump for the Red Sox, they would ship perhaps the second-best player in the league — behind Anaheim’s Mike Trout — for prospects.
Boston is also awaiting a ruling from MLB regarding the ongoing investigation into sign-stealing that has already resulted in the firing of manager Alex Cora, who was also involved in the Astros’ scandal in 2017.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday he hoped to have a decision regarding punishment made by the time camps open next week.
No matter what Manfred comes…