Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. We’ve been hearing for the last week or so that the Yankees and Twins are discussing a trade for lefty starter, Francisco Liriano. In his most recent column, Ken Rosenthal stated the Yankees offered Ivan Nova and Ramiro Pena (?????) last month for Liriano. Obviously the Twins rejected this offer and countered with this offer last night. Now, the Twins reportedly want lefty pitching prospect, Manny Banuelos in any trade for Liriano.

If I’m the Yankees, I hang up the phone once the Twins mention Banuelos’ name. Banuelos’ is the Yankees’ top pitching prospect and is expected to start the season in Double A. I’m only including Banuelos in a trade package for some guy named Felix.

I look at these trade rumors this way. The basis of any deal is formed off of perceived value. Here’s how I rank the potential deals.

Great Deal: Not giving up any of the Killer B’s (Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Andrew Brackman)

Good Deal: The 6’11” Brackman is the centerpiece of the deal.

Tough Call: Cash pulls the trigger and builds the trade around either Banuelos or Betances and lower level prospects.

Bad Deal: Two of the three Killer B’s are shipped off. (highly unlikely).

Let’s remember too that these trade rumors are always a bit of a tease. We all thought we had Dan Haren and then Cliff Lee at the trade deadline last year. Joke was ultimately on us, the fans. The Yankees will always be at the forefront of any trade rumor so sit back and watch the drama unfold all season long.