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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/26/16

Ivan Nova could be the next one on the move; a look at Michael Fishman, the Yankees’ assistant GM; Cashman praised Alex Rodriguez’s work ethic and attitude towards diminished playing time; the Yankees shouldn’t stop at Chapman this trade season; Luis Severino is back in a relief role

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“And that cloud looks like the best pitcher in the league....Ivan Nova!”
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Around the Empire

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: The trade season has officially begun for the New York Yankees. They have traded away Aroldis Chapman for prospects and Adam Warren. According to a major-league source, Ivan Nova could be the next player on the move, as the Yankees are looking to move players with expiring contracts. The Marlins are a potential trade partner for Nova, but who knows what they can get back for him. I mean, I think Giancarlo Stanton for Ivan Nova is a fair deal. Get it done, Cash.

The New York Times | Billy Witz: There is always a bit of curiosity as to what goes on behind the scenes at the Yankees’ front office. Meet Michael Fishman, the assistant GM to Brian Cashman, pinstriped “mathemagician,” and leader of the Yankees’ analytics staff. The next few days could be very crucial in how the Yankees retool their team for the future. This article provides a bit of insight into Fishman and the Yankees analytics department. You should give it a read.

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: Alex Rodriguez has been a topic of discussion as the Yankees enter the trade season. There have been rumors and speculation that the Yankees might release him before his contract is up. A source has claimed that there is “almost no chance” the Yankees release A-Rod before the season is up. While A-Rod is not seeing many at-bats lately, it seems that he, Cashman, and Girardi are on the same page as to what the Yankees are trying to accomplish this season. Cashman praised his work ethic and attitude towards his diminished playing time.

Sporting News | Jesse Spector: Aroldis Chapman is now a member of the Cubs. He brought back a really decent haul in terms of highly regarded prospects and the return of Adam “let slip the dogs of” Warren. Now the question is if the Yankees should stop there. Andrew Miller, who many teams covet more due to his friendly contract and awesome clubhouse bouncer skills, could net an even better return. Carlos Beltran has not stopped hitting. The time for the Yankees to be aggressive in selling their trade chips could never be better.

The Times-Tribune | Shane Hennigan: Luis Severino is back on the Yankees. Severino has been in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre working on getting his mechanics back in order. With Chapman heading to Chicago and Warren not scheduled to arrive yesterday, Severino was brought up to potentially help out in the bullpen if needed. It’s unclear how long his stay on the Yankees will be.

Fun Questions

  • Whom do you think the Yankees will trade next?
  • In terms of food and food alone, what would you trade Ivan Nova for?

Song of the Day

Don’t Wanna Lose You Now by Backstreet Boys

It’s Backstreet is Back Week on Pinstripe Alley. Rumors of them being traded for other, non-Backstreet Boys have been greatly exaggerated. I thought this would be an appropriate song for how some fans might feel about Miller, now that Chapman is gone. Or it could be the opposite. The key thing is that Adam Warren is back, much like the Backstreet Boys. As always, please link us your song of the day.

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