Saturday, August 17, 2019

Hmm. Giovanny Gallegos - of the Luke Voit trade - is having a great year.

The conventional wisdom is that Brian "Cooperstown" Cashman - when not facing roadside standoffs with John Law - crushed last summer's Luke Voit deal with the dim bulbs of St. Louis.

Somehow, goes the narrative, Cash in blackface burrowed under the fence around the Cardinals' fortress, cracked the code to their walk-in vault, and made off with the 240-pound Voit - not only solving the Yankee 1B issue but rescuing the lovable hulk from an eternity in Triple A. It was one of the great Yankee heists, and the YES team celebrates it whenever Luke hits a HR. 

Don't get me wrong: I'm not knocking that trade. In fact, kudos to Cash: Voit is a great Yankee, a great teammate, a jolly good fellow. But it's worth noting that, contrary to popular opinion, he did not come free. 

In regular Grinch-like fashion, I feel compelled to note that we gave up Giovanny Gallegos, who's having a great year with St. Louis. (Also Chasen Shreve, who may be ready for the glue factory.) Gallegos is proving to be the bullpen lug nut  we hoped he'd be. In 46 games, he's been virtually lights out, and he's a key reason why the Cards are headed to the post-season. 

Okay, I know what you're thinking: W.T.F? Last night, we win a huge victory over the Cleveland blast furnace, with practically every member of the team chipping in, we're so far ahead that Boston is praying for the wild card, and here I am, a typical self-loathing Yankee fan, nit-picking a deal that, frankly, hasn't sucked. If we had to make the Voit trade all over again, I suspect we would. (Though I'd have thrown in Luis Cessa; how's that for 20-20 hindsight!)

Unfortunately, we exist in a Yankiverse where the franchise owns the entire broadcast media, and independent outlets are wholly dependent upon access - which can be cut at any time. That means when the front office does anything, anything, it gets praised by the Gammonites, and the gory details get glossed over. Cashman gets touted for the Hall of Fame, and I get crabby. 

Whenever the Voit trade comes up, it's touted as an incredible Yankee steal, and the underlying narrative is that other teams are stupid. Well, in a few years, folks might be saying St. Louis won that trade. Not hitting on Cashman here. He did the right thing. But let's not forget: To get talent, you have to give it up. Just sayin'... 

What is it with guys named Gio? When did that become the Yankee trick name?

12 comments:

Rufus T. Firefly said...

"To get talent, you have to give it up."

Or trade in your food stamps. Which HAL never does. Ex. #1: Weird beard in Atlanta.

Local Bargain Jerk said...


I would have paid the $11,000,000.01 needed to consummate that deal just to see the guy shave that beard.

I guess that's why I'm not a billionaire.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

LBJ,

You're not a billionaire? Did you spend it all on women, drugs and booze?

ranger_lp said...

@el duque...was curious about Luis Cessa. He's originally from Mexico and I was wondering what Cessa meant in Spanish (Trump would have said in Mexican..smh). Couldn't find anything...but Cessa in Italian means cease.

That should mean that Luis Cessa should "cease" to pitch. That should also mean that Luis Cessa should "cease" to be on the Yankee roster.

TheWinWarblist said...

ranger_lp? Hey! How about an avatar!? Pull it together, man! Get with the culture already!!

ranger_lp said...

Ok then...

Joe Formerlyof Brooklyn said...


Re: The Voit trade "touted" as a steal.

You already know this, but just to regurgitate:

EVERYTHING Cashman does that works, or sort-of works, is hailed as the moves of a great stunning genius who doesn't ever need to sit on toilet seats.

EVERYTHING Cashman does that smells to high Heaven is . . . forgotten.

It's relentless, ridiculous, and - ultimately - meaningless. The media and YES men can say whatever. All that matters is what happens on the field.

So: If the guy is a genius, he must have had one heck of a bad manager in that Girardi fella, as the team has gone a long, long time with only one WS championship to show.

Right?

Anonymous said...

IT WAS YOU MR. DUQUE WHO SCOUTED AND PREDICTED GALLEGOS WAS FOR REAL.

HE JUST NEVER REALLY HAD ENOUGH CHANCES AND NEVER REALLY GOT INTO ANY KIND OF RHYTHM OR ROTATION WITH US.

THE N.L. HELPS THOUGH.

IN OTHER MATTERS, CAN WE STOP BRINGING UP CHANCE ADAMS TO PITCH ANY INNINGS FOR US?

SORRY TO SAY, HE IS NOT A MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHER.

Carl J. Weitz said...

Gio Gallegos, another example of Larry Rothschild's failure to take a talented prospect, impart knowledge and technique and ensure that he does the best with the talents and abilities that he possesses.

Leinstery said...

He sucked in New York, Voit was a minor leaguer for them. We traded trash for trash and it worked out for both. I don't care how well he does.

TheWinWarblist said...

Well done ranger_lp! Well done!


Fuck you Hal.

ranger_lp said...

Thanks Winnie...

#FYL