Yankees, avoid Yu Darvish and leave well enough alone
I had to laugh at the almighty Michael Kay on Thursday when he told us that according to his sources, the Yankees offered Yu Darvish $160 million over seven years.
Who on earth is going to offer Yu Darvish that type of money when he showed us what he could do for a contender? Certainly not the Yankees! The 31-year-old starter put up a 21+ ERA in the ever important World Series?
And I think we’ve all learned our lesson about those types of deals. We’re regretting one now.
Then there’s the luxury tax threshold. I’m sorry, but general manager Brian Cashman isn’t going over it. At $160 million (22.8 million AAV), Darvish would far exceed the threshold and then there would be no flexibility at the trade deadline, should the Yankees need it.
Would someone have to be traded? AND FOR WHAT?
Of course, that would be Brett Gardner. Who else? There’s no one left — except the talk from the unbelievable Kay.
No. Just no. Like all of the ramblings about Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole. What could he offer this team that we couldn’t get from all of our starters plus what the best farm system in MLB has to offer in Chance Adams, and possibly down the line with Justus Sheffield?
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This hot stove has been anything but hot. But I beg you, Yankees fans, to remember when we were all on Twitter not long ago on Giancarlo Stanton watch. That was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.
Because even though the Yankees have been pretty quiet since that epic acquisition of 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, it’s all for a reason.
We have Giancarlo. We have AL ROY and the AL MVP second place finisher Aaron Judge. We have El Gary who broke the Yankees’ catchers home run record.
We also have Didi Gregorius who broke the club’s single-season home run record. And don’t forget about Gardy. And what about the No. 1 prospect in the minors, ready to tackle second base, Gleyber Torres!
On the pitching side, the Yanks have the third-place finisher in the Cy Young balloting, Luis Severino. Plus Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery. And I’ve already mentioned the guys in the minors — if needed.
This team is stacked. The only question that remains is the infield, which will be answered in spring training.
Why spend ridiculous amounts of money on someone who has proven that he has no value in big game situations? We KNOW that the 2018 Yankees will need to have someone reliable!
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Let’s sit on this team. No more trades. See how we do. I think we’ll be pleasantly surprised!