The Yankees and lying and the Yankees lying
Since Washburn was traded (wooooo) many of you fine readers have decided, in relevant threads or not, to post links to stories coming out of the New York media machine (or national baseball writers) about how the Mariners were willing to trade Washburn to the Yankees but they asked for Joba and Cano and $90,000,000 in small non-sequential used bills or what-the-hell-ever.
Please stop. Here’s what’s going on: there are 15 billion trillion people who cover the Yankees, and the Yankees use this hive mind to promote themselves. This is why every Yankee prospect gets hyped to the skies until they’re traded and discovered to be players with all the baseball talent of an ox and the work ethic of Yuni. Why their crappy-ass stadium before this one was revered as the House that Ruth Built though it wasn’t, and as a hallowed baseball treasure until it had to be torn down and rebuilt for the good of all humanity.
So allllllll of these various stories about the M’s having only one phone call, or having many phone calls, asking for Joba or Joba and Hughes or Austin Jackson, and not being willing to talk sense, they’re bunk. Hokum. They’re lies. Liiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeesssssssssssss.
The Yankees want the story out there that they tried to get Washburn but the M’s were unreasonable. Then later, if it turns out a veteran left-handed starter was the difference between making the playoffs and not, or winning the World Series or not, they’re covered. “We wanted to get one, but Seattle’s crazy!” they can say, and it’ll be lapped up by that vast media mind and injected directly into the skull of every Yankee fan, who will scowl and curse the Mariners for their unreasonable demands.
The M’s front office leaks nothing. Like zippo. They’re possibly the tightest-lipped bunch of people in baseball. But they’re smart. Does it really seem likely to anyone that the team called New York, asked for Joba and Hughes, was refused, and then instead of trying to work something else out or see what New York would offer, just hung up, called Detroit, and made a much worse deal? Or that they repeated the demands a couple times first? Why in the world would they do that? Who seriously believes that that’s how any major league front office enters negotiations heading towards the trade deadline?
Please, stop posting this garbage. You’re just helping them. Don’t help the Yankees.