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Despite Cashman’s Denial, Yanks Moving Towards Liriano

By Frank Russo ~ March 1st, 2011. Filed under: New York Yankees, Rumor Mill.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported yesterday that either Joba Chamberlain or Ivan Nova could be traded within two weeks for Twins lefty Francisco Liriano. Brian Cashman denied this to Wallace Matthew of ESPN New York later in the day.

In speaking to my Tampa source, there are rumblings the Yankees are working towards a deal with Minnesota before the end of spring training. It would be either Nova, or Chamberlain, not both, and another player off the MLB roster. There is talk that Minnesota might ask for one of the Yankees outfielders. The Yankees would prefer to part ways with someone like Eduardo Nunez, Brandon Laird and/or include a player like a Adam Warren or David Phelps in a package. They do not, I repeat, do not want to include any of the Killer B’s if they don’t have to.

Also, the reason why there is talk that a trade won’t happen for at least ten days is the fact that the Yankees want to wait and see how Liriano’s shoulder is by the end of that time. Cashman is very weary of Bill Smith and getting back damaged goods. The Yankees will want to look at his medical records and give him a full exam before any trade goes down.

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Frank is a resident of East Brunswick, NJ and former radio announcer. He is a 4th generation Republican and Yankees Fan. He also enjoys listening to talk radio. His favorite announcer is Shawn Hannity of “Hannity” on FOX and enjoys reading about military history. In addition to rooting for the Yankees, he also has a passion for the New York Islanders. You can enjoy Frank’s work at The Dead Ball Era and his book “Bury My Heart at Cooperstown”. Check out his “Rants and Raves” on New York Baseball Digest.

5 Responses to Despite Cashman’s Denial, Yanks Moving Towards Liriano

  1. stunna4885

    frank, if you have a gut feeling about liriano do you think this deal goes down before spring training ends? and do u like the deal if it were to happen?

  2. Frank Russo


    I like the deal if, Liriano is healthy, and, Cashman doiesn’t have to part with any of the Killer B’s. Every scout and executive that I have spoken with has told me that the Killer B’s are the real deal.

    My own gut feeling is that Cashman is going to be very cautious when dealing with Bill Smith. Remember, Smith tried to hold the Yankees up big time for Santana. Right now I think there is a 50/50 chance something gets done before Spring Training is over. Either way. my gut feeling is that “Cash” will look to bring in a stud pitcher via trade sometime thsi season. He’s just not going to panic about it, which I like.

  3. Derek Oscarson

    If the Yanks can avoid giving up Montero and Banuelos, I’m 100% on board. Although I do like Nova and Chamberlain. Joba’s ERA may have been a little high, but his strikeout to walk rates and ratios are elite. Making sure Liriano is healthy is KEY…

  4. Michael Maggi


    Seems like a lot of folks spent today denying both yours and Nightengale’s reports. Both Jon Heyman and Jack Curry said the Twins and Yankees haven’t spoken in a while, Cashman has continued to insist he isn’t engaged with anyone and Terry Ryan said that the Twins aren’t trading Liriano. What’s going on here? Sounds a lot like this is Cashman’s way of telling Bill Smith to get real in regards to their asking price.

  5. Frank Russo


    Absolutely. I think Cashman is playing it totally cool with this! Remember, he’s in no rush to do anything. Minnesota, on the other hand, will have to do somthing eventually. People can deny whatever they want. I am standing by what I wrote. I said there were rumblings going on down in Tampa. People can take it anyway they want. I repect John Heyman, but he is not perfect. No one is. Like I said, the scuttlebutt from down in Tampa is that Cashman remains interested in Liriano. Let’s also remember that, a GM does nto have to talk every day with another GM to remain interested in his players.

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