The sky is falling! The sky is falling! No really though guys, the sky is falling. While I may be exaggerating just a tad I feel like it is in my little world that I call the Burch Household. Why? Well George A. King of the New York Post reported over the weekend that the New York Yankees have told teams that they are listening to offers for utility man, and my absolute favorite prospect in all the land, Robert Refsnyder. While this doesn’t mean a transaction is imminent by any means it means the Yankees are at least entertaining the idea of moving him and that, in a nutshell, breaks my heart.
I can’t help it. I’m a fan. I’ve been a fan of Refsnyder since the Yankees took the outfielder out of the University of Arizona back in 2012 and I am a fan today. I was a fan when Refsnyder was transferred to second base and I was a fan when Stephen Drew (Sucks) was clogging up the second base position while Refsnyder was hitting .300 in Triple-A. I was a fan during Refsnyder’s first 16 games of his Major League career when he slashed .302/.348/.512 with five extra-base hits, five RBI and two stolen bases and I was a fan when he started at second base in the team’s Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Astros and Dallas Keuchel.
If I am being 100% honest, while I will admittedly be crushed, I would be happy if Refsnyder were to be traded only because it means he could potentially get the playing time that he not only needs but also deserves in my obviously bias and yet humble opinion. Refsnyder should have been called up at least a year earlier than he was and was slated to be the team’s starting second baseman until the Starlin Castro acquisition from the Chicago Cubs. Refsnyder has been looked over and passed over ever since he was drafted and it seems unlikely he will ever get a true shot here in the Bronx so no one would or should begrudge him for going elsewhere to get that shot. This sport isn’t the NBA, you have to play your entire life just to get a 15-minute cup of coffee in the show and if that cup of Joe isn’t in the Bronx I’ll just be glad that he got it at all, regardless of where it is.
What the Yankees could be getting back for Refsnyder is anyone’s guess, not a game changer or a huge name in my opinion although there is always that Jose Quintana rumor still hanging around Yankee Land, but at this point anything is better than nothing. At least in Refsnyder’s case. Good luck to the soon-to-be 26-year old no matter what happens and where he ends up. Just know I am going to terribly upset if that isn’t with the Yankees in some capacity for the 2017 season.