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What Yankees trade still bothers you?

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Joel Sherman published a story yesterday questioning whether the Yankees made the right call in acquiring Giancarlo Stanton in December. While he stops short of saying the team made a bad trade, the article got me thinking. What deal keeps you up at night? What is the one trade — or non-trade —- that you can’t get over?

I had to know what Yankees fans thought, so I turned to social media. As always, you delivered in a big way. We received dozens of submissions. Some of them are obvious, others more obscure or personal. We all have them, though. It comes with the territory of following a team.

Since the Bombers haven’t played a televised game in a while, I figured it would make for some fun to post a few of the best answers. They range from comical to depressing and should get us over this small baseball drought.

I think I can speak for all of us at Pinstripe Alley when I say that we loved Andrew Miller. He gave the Yankees everything they asked for and then some. That said, trading him was the right baseball move. Besides, the Yankees have Clint Frazier now! Who doesn’t love Red Thunder?

It’s been six years since the Yankees and Mariners teamed up for this gem. Based on actual value, the Bombers won the trade. Michael Pineda outperformed Jesus Montero in terms of rWAR — 6.4 to -0.9, respectively. When one thinks of opportunity cost, however, this one stings. The Yankees had one chance to cash in on Montero as a blue chip prospect, and they pulled the trigger on Pineda. Speaking of which...

The Cliff Lee non-trade stands out as one of the most deflating moments in recent history. On July 9th, 2010, the Yankees and Mariners agreed on principle to bring the ace left-hander to the Bronx in exchange for Montero and David Adams. Lee would form an unhittable 1-2 southpaw punch with CC Sabathia at the top of the rotation. It was a done deal...until it wasn’t. The M’s didn’t like Adams’ medicals and Lee pitched against the Yankees in the ALCS as a member of the Texas Rangers. Oops.

Between this non-trade and Lee’s decision to spurn the Yankees free agency, he occupies a strange place in New York baseball history. I think this would be my answer. I can’t remember a time when I wanted a player so badly. Lee was my white whale.

Speaking of the 2010 rotation, can we talk about how Brian Cashman thought it would be a good idea to acquire Javier Vazquez...twice!

If you want to talk real recent history, how about Justin Verlander? The Yankees didn’t even need to make a trade. They just had to place a waiver claim to block another contender from getting Verlander. Of course, the risk that the Tigers would just dump his salary on the Yankees existed. Nonetheless, this will quietly go down as historic inaction.

If you want to talk about actual history, then this tweet is for you. Those trades did not end well. For what it’s worth, the other dude in the Fred McGriff trade was Tom Dodd. The Yankees also sent Mike Morgan and Dave Collins to the Blue Jays.

I’d rather not.

Well, okay then.

Fun fact: Ivan Nova pitched to a 4.14 ERA with the Pirates last year. He had a 4.46 FIP and saw his peripherals decline across the board. Based on those numbers, he wouldn’t even crack the Yankees’ rotation!


This list was by no means exhaustive. We received plenty of other great submissions that I encourage you to check out. In the meantime though, let us know what trades still bother you! Leave your answers in the comment section and keep the conversation rolling.