Another Yu Darvish rumor? Man, this is going to be disappointing for everyone involved when the Rangers don’t trade him. Oh, sorry, I’m giving away the ending to the story at the beginning. Welcome to our series of trade rumor grades, where we look at noteworthy trade rumors and then try to figure out if they actually have any standing in reality.
This time, we’re looking at Yu Darvish (again), only this time, we’re discussing the Yankees’ interest in him.
I’m going to use the same section for the Rangers that I did this weekend when Darvish to the Dodgers became a thing, so if you’ve already read that and don’t want a reminder, scroll on down to the Yankees’ section below. Let’s dive in.
Braves: See previous joke about not getting a dick-based nickname through MLB for R.A. Dickey. What? There are 30 teams and more than one dick. Luke Jackson somehow didn’t come up with a nickname on a team that has King Krol on it, so that decision looks even worse in retrospect.
Mets: The Mets all have nicknames, and management didn’t even force them to all make said nickname Tebow for merchandising purposes, either.
Phillies: Aaron Nola, Daniel Nava, Nick Pivetta, and Cameron Perkins… you are all disappointments to me.
Cubs: Jon Lester developed some power since coming to the Cubs, but apparently not a sense of humor. Tommy La Stella is also guilty of this, but it’s almost made up for by Carl Edwards Jr. going by Carl’s Jr.
And while the other two preseason favorites have already made big trades, the Dodgers can still improve the rotation (Yu Darvish?) and the bullpen (Zach Britton?), or they can sort of hang back and gloat like the 64-29 team they are, clutching their prospects tightly to their chest.