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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/28/16

Friday’s start could determine the future of Ivan Nova; A-Rod on the bench, on his birthday, for fifth day in a row; Yankees can ask for the moon for Andrew Miller; Joe Girardi expects more deals to be made before the deadline; Adam Warren could help solidify middle relief

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Around the Empire

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: The Yankees have the day off. On Friday’s game against the Rays, all eyes will be on Ivan Nova. It has been rumored that Nova could be the next player that the Yankees try and get some trade value out of. The Yankees have also inched closer to a Wild Card spot during this hot streak of theirs, so they may wind up keeping him. If they do trade him, Luis Severino or Chad Green could potentially take his place. It’s anyone’s guess at this point, but Friday could be Nova’s last start in pinstripes.

The Wall St. Journal | Jared Diamond: Yesterday was the birthday of one Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod turned 41 years young. He also continued his stint on the bench. Yesterday was day five of that stint. Without a position to play and with the need to DH Carlos Beltran, it’s becoming more and more apparent that A-Rod doesn’t really have a place on this team. There are still no talks of releasing him. Meanwhile, A-Rod never thought he’d be playing at this age and is still encouraged that he can turn his bat around. That’d be a great gift for all of us.

New York Daily News | John Harper: The Yankees got an amazing haul for Aroldis Chapman. Andrew Miller could net something even better. The Yankees are really in a good position regarding Miller. The Nationals could really use Miller and Cashman is in the position to ask for the moon and more for his services. If the Nats, or another team, are not willing to bite, we get to keep Andrew Miller and here Johnny Cash in the 9th inning. The question is, how badly do they really want him?

Newsday | Greg Logan: Joe Girardi has told his players to essentially drown out the noise of all the trade talks. Still, the skipper does believe that more moves are on the way. Whether that means buying, selling, or both, Girardi says that his main goal is to win games. Whether he gets help with that or not this trade season remains to be seen.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: It’s no secret that the Yankees’ middle relief has been bad. That was most likely one of the reasons why getting Adam Warren back was important in the Chapman trade to Chicago. The Yankees have always believed in Adam Warren’s potential. His versatility has helped them in the past and it could be essential this year if they want to make a push for the playoffs. The important thing is that I can quote Shakespeare again.

Fun Questions

  • Besides the Yankees, what team do you think is going to make a big splash this trade season?
  • What is your favorite Shakespearean play?

Song of the Day

Larger than Life by Backstreet Boys

It’s Backstreet is Back Week on Pinstripe Alley. This song is in honor of A-Rod’s birthday yesterday. One could say he’s had a larger than life career. As always, please link us your song of the day.