‘Round this time of year there are always trade rumors swirling, especially with the Yankees. Some trade talks are crazy, but a few do have some merit. One legit NYY rumor that we’ve heard over the past week is that the team is looking to upgrade its outfield and have had talks with the Phillies regarding Shane Victorino.
For the record, I don’t think the Yankees need to (nor should they) make any trades. The team is on fire, boasts a 10-game lead* in the division and has the best record in ball. Sure, Brett Gardner is not returning this year but the LF platoon has been absolutely raking and holding it down. Why give up prospects for a guy who would marginally (if that) make the team better?
*At the time I wrote this
I love Victorino and it would be cool having him on the team, but a trade makes no sense. Barring injuries keep the team as is, I say.
However, the potential acquisition of Shane brings up an interesting — yet moot — question: If A.J. Burnett were still on the team, would the arrival of Shane Victorino make it awkward in the clubhouse? We all remember Game 5 of the 2009 World Series when A.J. hit Victorino during a bunt attempt, would that bad blood still hold almost three years later?
Probably not, but this whole post has just been an excuse to make a “Casino” photoshop. So here you go:
“You hear a little girl, Frankie? Is that a little girl, Ace? What happened to the f***ing tough guy and his teammate who predicted the Phillies in 5?”