The quickly-approaching MLB trade deadline has forced my hand. The “terrible Yankees Twitter takes” series officially returns.
I really wasn’t planning on doing this. The last time I compiled a list of the worst takes on New York Yankees Twitter, I thought it would be the last. I thought to myself “you know what? Lets just cut this negativity out of your life.”
As my podcast cohost would say, “Twitter is a crowded room with no windows and everybody is screaming and the lights are off.”
But then, Gleyber Torres‘ name started getting thrown around in Twitter trade proposals. Subsequently, I became royally pissed off and fell down the stupid opinion rabbit hole. Therefore, “terrible Yankees Twitter takes” is officially back.
My deep dive into the depths of stupidity began with an innocent poll put out by Gordon Damer. He wanted to gauge Twitter’s opinion on Torres’ trade value in a thin pitching market.
Considering the lack of SP options and the high prices on guys who may be available should the Yankees consider trading Gleyber Torres before the trade deadline?
— Gordon Damer (@gordondamer) July 30, 2019
The results shook me to my core. Now, I don’t know where Damer falls on this poll. In my mind, he was just trying to start a conversation to check the temperature.
But 19 percent? That is an absolute absurdity. Out of the 836 votes at the time I pulled this tweet, 159 said they would consider trading Torres. That’s right, I did the math.
One-hundred and fifty-nine people would trade a 22-year-old star middle infielder for something less than a bonafide ace? Absurdity. However, the deep dive continued.
The cubs gave him up to win a championship and so should the yankees!
— walter thamos (@walter_thamos) July 30, 2019
I understand where Walter is going with this, but trading a prospect two years away from the league isn’t the same as trading a two-time All-Star.
You did say realistic…right? Call the Reds and see what would it take to get Castillo. If it means Gleyber and Garcia…do the deal. In fact I’d put it out there that Gleyber is available. See what happens.
— Darryl Lawson (@Darryl1960) July 27, 2019
Darryl doesn’t even think Torres is enough on his own to net Luis Castillo from Cincinnati. Unbelievable.
25 yr old stud SP w/ 2 yrs left on his contract is more valuable than a 2b w/ pop. You’re absolutely buggin as a Yankees fan, for not wanting this trade.
— J B (@TruePG718) July 25, 2019
I suggest clicking on this tweet from J B and following his logic in the decision. He thinks that Torres and top pitching prospect Deivi Garcia wouldn’t even be enough for Noah Syndergaard.
@Yankees need to do everything we can to get Matthew Boyd from the Tigers. Dude is a stud lefty we can have for years to come. I’d give up Torres for him.
— Josef Mirna (@JosefMirna) July 26, 2019
Josef is all in on Matthew Boyd for … well, I can’t think of a realistic reason.
Luckily, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has been very clear that Torres isn’t a trade option.
I want to preface this with saying that wanting Zack Greinke isn’t actually all that bad a take. He’s a great pitcher having a great year. What the following people failed to realize is that the righty wants literally zero part of New York and has a no-trade clause. The reason?
Greinke has literally said multiple times he will not lift his no trade for the Yankees because of his severe anxiety. Stop saying we’re getting him. He’s not an option lol
— megan (@megannn_elise) July 28, 2019
Thank you, Megan. When you breakdown the Greinke talks, you can tell that he has severe anxiety. He doesn’t want to be in a big market. He definitely doesn’t want to be in New York during a contending season where the microscope is on the starters.
However, that doesn’t stop people from failing to do any research into that whatsoever.
The Yankees need to call the Dbacks and make a blockbuster that brings Greinke and Robbie Ray to the Bronx. We need 2 starters.
— chris (@chris9244) July 28, 2019
The Yankees need an ace or #2 guy. A difference maker. Go for Greinke. These other guys are in line with what we already have.
— Raymond (@RaymondNYsports) July 30, 2019
#Yankees need to get both Pitchers to help out with the Starting Rotation I think they need help Fast Robbie Ray and Zack Greinke are it @Yankees I think it would be Two good moves for the #Yankees at this point I don't see Noah Syndergaard at this point. #Yankees pic.twitter.com/yhveGZW28t
— Here Comes The Judge ⚔️⚔️⚒️ #AllRise 🇺🇸 (@Patchman14) July 29, 2019
I understand your minds are in the right place. Greinke is a good pitcher and we want good pitchers. Just typing his name into the Twitter search bar would show you why it isn’t a possibility.
While I don't think the Yankees would trade for Zack Greinke, the only glimmer there is that maybe they could send Ellsbury to ARI for some salary offset, along with some decent prospects.
— Joe Pawl 🌋👨🏽⚖️🐙⚔️👦🏾🍼 (@joepawl) July 27, 2019
This makes no sense though. The Yankees are collecting insurance on Jacoby Ellsbury’s contract and he’s happy getting paid to be “hurt.” I wouldn’t expect any team to want to take that money on for zero return.
And now, we’ve arrived at the true bane of my existence. The fans that have “sources” and therefore have inside information. Let me make one thing very clear.
You do not have a source.
It’s truly despicable the lengths that some people will go to just for a sliver of internet attention.
Being told NYY + CLE may be close on deal for Bauer @929TheGame
— Paul Crane (@PaulCrane7) July 30, 2019
Please, Paul, name your source! Is it all the fans that really want this deal to get done? Or is it all the reporters that already said the Yankees and Cleveland Indians have conversed about Trevor Bauer? Now that you mention it, I was actually just told that Wednesday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks will start around 1:05 weather permitting.
My source ( @GregsBack ) says the Yankees are getting on closer terms for a Syndergaard acquisition.
— Andy K (@PatroneShots_) July 30, 2019
Take this one from Andy K to the bank. Noah Syndergaard is like this close to being a Yankee. Never mind all the contrary reports that the Mets would rather trade Zack Wheeler and that they’re straight-up scared to send Noah to a team where he could flourish. Just gotta take Andy’s word that he’s taking Greg’s word on this one.
UPDATE: Deal is being delayed due to the paperwork being lost in the shift change -_- https://t.co/Xe4Qzc3v0C
— Dumb Yankees Fan⚾️ (@ThatDumbNYYFan) July 30, 2019
“Dumb Yankees Fan” is accurate. How about next time we wait for a blue checkmark to report this kind of news, huh buddy?
BREAKING: #Yankees nearing an agreement with the #Indians on a trade that will send Trevor Bauer to NYY, sources tell me. I’m told Deivi Garcia is going to CLE as the headliner still not sure on everyone else ATM. Trade expected to be finalized shortly. Cashman gets his SP.
— EvilEmpireTalks (@EvilEmpireTalk2) July 30, 2019
Stop this immediately. You do not know what you are talking about.
The point of all this is that there’s a reason we’re on Twitter and not MLB general managers. We don’t know 10% of what goes into these kinds of deals or how talent is evaluated. We don’t know how the money is worked out.
And just because you know the guy who delivers the mail to the Yankees sales staff doesn’t mean either one of you knows what Cashman is up to.