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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/19/16

If the Yankees sell, they have to decide if it’s going to be a true fire sale; Brian Cashman is interested in Kyle Schwarber; Girardi is planning to go with Refsnyder over A-Rod at first base; Luis Torrens is having a great year; Pokemon GO has invaded the Yankees clubhouse

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Around the Empire

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: Pretty much everyone is beginning to accept the fact that the Yankees need to be sellers at the trade deadline. The question that remains is how far are they willing to go. Will the Yankees just move the obvious pieces like Carlos Beltran and Aroldis Chapman? Or will they do a true fire sale and trade everyone that isn’t locked down?

New York Post | Justin Terranova: One of the primary teams the Yankees are targeting this trade season are the Chicago Cubs. The Cubbies have been eyeing the Yankees’ relievers while Brian Cashman is looking at Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber’s schwing is practically tailor made for Yankee Stadium. We’ll see if Theo is willing to part with him or if the Yankees cannot get more from another team. | Bryan Hoch: Mark Teixeira is hurt. Again. It is unlikely that he will play tomorrow or during this series against the Orioles. A few days ago, Alex Rodriguez was taking grounders at first base. Again. However, it looks like Joe Girardi has no plans to use A-Rod at first and will instead stick with Rob Refsnyder at the position. With Beltran able to play right field again, A-Rod shouldn’t miss too much playing time. Again.

Minor League Ball | Wayne Cavadi: Luis Torrens had a fantastic 2014 and his 2015 was injury plagued. Back on the field, Torrens is having a very good 2016. He was recently promoted from Staten Island to Charleston and Torrens brought both his great offense and defense with him. Having seen him in person twice at Staten Island, I can confirm that he indeed has a cannon for an arm. It’s good to see him hitting well. Here’s hoping he continues his success in the minors.

Newsday | Kenny DeJohn: Finally, the story I have been waiting for. The Pokemon GO craze has taken over the country. The Yankees clubhouse is no exception. Nick Goody is the resident expert in the game. Aaron Hicks also plays, although they don’t really play in the actual clubhouse. That is reserved for Clash of Clans. Apparently, Masahiro Tanaka is “legit” at that game. Now to find out the player’s favorite Pokemon.

Fun Questions

  • If the Yankees sell, should they just trade the obvious choices or go for a straight-up fire sale?
  • A PSA classic: Create a silly scenario in which Teixeira winds up back on the DL

Song of the Day

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) by Journey

It’s 80’s Rock Ballad Week on Pinstripe Alley. Today’s song was inspired by the fact that the Yankees have to go their separate ways with some of their players and sell sell sell. As always, please link us your song of the day.

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