It is no secret that the Yankees are in the market for another starting pitcher, which I am not opposed too but not right now.
My understanding was GM Brian Cashman motto is ‘to be patient’ and at this point there are reasons I jumped on Cashman’s slow bandwagon. Let’s apply the power of patience to this specific situation:
- Liriano came to Spring Training complaining of a sore shoulder; no one heard a word from him during the off-season where he usually plays winter-ball; and gets an MRI from some doctor in Miami that nobody in the Twins organization knew about. When asked if he did his shoulder exercises in the off-season, Liriano said no, and so that is the reason for the tendentious. He is almost 28-years-old, with a not so great attitude and the Twins haven’t hidden the fact they were not happy. He has potential to be an ace as in 2010 posted a 14-10 record, with a 3.62 ERA, 201 strikeouts and throwing just shy of 192 innings. Still, this just doesn’t feel right.
- The Yankees will have to over pay BIG for Liriano’s hurt arm. Rumor has it not Joba Chamberlain, but touted prospect Jesus Montero or Phil Hughes plus god knows how many other prospects. It is not worth it, at least not now. If fans get robbed of seeing Montero there might be a riot, especially after Austin Jackson got traded last season to the Tigers.
- Even though it is not happening now or maybe at all in 2011, the Yankees should hold on to their young arms. Specifically, 22-year-old Dellin Betances, 23-year-old Andrew Brackman, and 19-year-old Manny Banuelos, this is presuming that Ivan Nova is not going to be made available, as he shouldn’t be. These kids have shown tons of potential and impressed in Spring Training. Remember the current World Champion San Francisco Giants won with their dynamo young pitchers, maybe the Yankees should take note.
- Also, lets see how AJ Burnett performs because he looks good and he has worked his butt off. If Burnett gets his mojo back that changes things quite a bit. Burnett should be revaluated after four or five stars into the season, but I have a feeling he is going to be really good.
Also, it would send a discouraging message to the Twins players if they let the closet thing to an ace go to the Evil Yankees. The playoff history between the two ballclubs is reason enough that makes it unimaginable to think the Twins would want to give anything that could potentially New York get better.
- Is Twins’ Francisco Liriano Heading To Yankees? (sbnation.com)
- Source: New York Yankees asked Minnesota Twins about Francisco Liriano (sports.espn.go.com)
- Yankees Notes: Montero, Posada, Martin, Liriano (mlbtraderumors.com)
- Twins: Liriano, Morneau (thebaseballblog10.wordpress.com)
- Cashman On Pitching Market: “Nobody’s Available” (mlbtraderumors.com)
- MLB Trade Rumors: Minnesota Twins Looking to Possibly Move Francisco Liriano (bleacherreport.com)