Aaron Boone thinks Yankees are on “level ground” with Red Sox

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The Yankees are chasing the rival Boston Red Sox after the latter eliminated the Bronx Bombers in the 2018 American League Division Series before winning their fourth World Series championship of the century, but it doesn't seem like New York believes they are far behind.

Team president Randy Levine said earlier this month the Yankees are as good as the Red Sox right now, and on Wednesday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone made similar comments at the MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.

“Obviously, they were an unbelievable team this year, a monster,” Boone said, via SNY. “But we also understand that we feel like we’re very much on level ground with them. You know, we’ve obviously got areas that we need to improve to kind of close that gap, but we feel like when we’re at our best we’re as good as anyone.”

His full comments can be seen in the video below:

The Red Sox have a better lineup than the Yankees -- Boston scored more runs than any team in baseball in 2018 -- and the Sox staff had a better ERA, too. The Yankees' pitching was exposed in the ALDS when the Red Sox scored 27 runs in four games, highlighted by a 16-1 beatdown in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium. 

The Yankees have a tremendous roster, though, and it got better in the offseason with their acquisition of talented starting pitcher James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners. But the only way the Yankees can prove they're better than the Red Sox is on the field. Nothing they say this winter matters. 

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