Yankees GM Cashman Denies Francisco Liriano Trade Rumors

minnesota twins francisco liriano connected to the new york yankees in trade rumorsFor 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?

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3 Responses to Yankees GM Cashman Denies Francisco Liriano Trade Rumors

  1. David K. says:

    Sure, for Joba and Nova. As long as we don't give up our three best prospects like you said.

  2. Franco Kotos says:

    too bad, Liriano would have been a decent risk for Nova and Joba…hopefully Garcia or Colon has something left in the tank…Nova will probably get the 5th spot but he was starting to get hit last year and he looks like more of a AAA pitcher who may get knocked around too much in the big leagues…should be interesting to see if the new pitching coach alters his approach…he needs to be able to go 6 innings and his high pitch count is a problem although not usual for a young pitcher…

  3. Erin says:

    An even fatter Joba Shameberlain and Iffy Ivan for Liriano? Uh, yes please.