For a little while yesterday a bogus rumor hit the internet where supposedly the Yankees and the Twins were closing in on a deal that would net the Bombers Francisco Liriano for a package including Joba Chamberlain and Ivan Nova.
To me that seems like a no brainer for the Yankees, but there is a reason for that, it’s a bogus rumor. It started with somebody ambiguously quoting somebody else and caught fire after that. But it gained enough steam that reporters asked general manager Brian Cashman about to which he responded:
“I’m not talking to anyone about anything right now,” Cashman said. “Nobody’s available. Nobody of value, anyway.
Cashman denied the rumor outright without directly saying the words ‘Twins’ or ‘Liriano’. That’s what Cashman does though. That’s why we call him the ninja. It’s because he likes to keep trades quiet and he always denies them.
Now it seems far fetched to me that the Twins would part with Liriano for a package that didn’t include Jesus Montero or Manuel Banuelos, but part of Cashman’s stealth in deals allows him to dangle a package that he’s comfortable with and waits for the other team to bite. Would the Twins bite here though? Would they make a deal for their ace without grabbing the Yankees no. 1 or no. 2 prospects?
It seems far fetched, but for some reason the Twins don’t seem very comfortable with Liriano. They question his injuries, which is fair, but a lot of pitchers deal with injuries. There seems to be something almost deeper here. If the Yankees could land him for something other than their best prospects, to me the Montero, Banuelos, and Dellin Betances are off limits in this type of a deal, then they should absolutely make a push.
The injury concerns are real, but a lot of young pitchers deal with injuries only to put them behind them as they get older (A.J. Burnett for example). His shoulder concerns this offseason seem to have been overblown too. The other concerns, like motivation, could potentially be settled with a change of scenery. Especially once he’s joining a team that is expected to contend for the World Series every year (look at Nick Swisher).
What do you think? This seems to be more possible than ever. If the Yankees can strike a deal with a package starting with either Joba Chamberlain or Ivan Nova should they make the deal? Or is even that too much?