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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/31/16

Yankees/Braves might be interested in a Brian McCann trade; McCann ignoring rumors and focusing on winning now; Alex Rodriguez finally starts and plays poorly; Bryan Mitchell is recovering well; Yankees have excellent SS depth; Nats trade for Melancon, probably not trading for Miller

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Around the Empire

New York Post | Joel Sherman: The trade season is here and the Yankees have some decisions to make. The latest name on the “hugwatch” list is Yankees’ catcher and “H2Bro” Brian McCann. The Atlanta Braves, his former team, have expressed interest in a reunion. There are some issues with trading McCann, such as his full no-trade clause. The other is that the Yankees would have to eat some of that money and all signs point to them not doing that.

LoHud | Chad Jennings: Brian McCann was asked about the supposed trade rumors. His response was that he is trying to focus on winning games here and is mostly ignoring it. The Yankees depth at the catcher’s position is looking pretty good. Gary Sanchez is knocking on the door, Austin Romine has been very serviceable in the backup role, Kyle Higashioka has had a breakout season, and Luis Torrens was also being promoted recently. Parting with McCann might not be a bad thing.

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: Alex Rodriguez finally made his return to the starting lineup. It went poorly. A-Rod earned himself a golden sombrero last night with four strikeouts. Joe Girardi seemed a bit upset with constantly having to answer questions about A-Rod sitting or playing. It’s probably a frustrating situation for everyone involved.

New York Post | George A. King III: Bryan Mitchell might be on the comeback trail. After making the team in spring training as a reliever or potential spot starter, a fractured left toe that required surgery would derail his season. He is recovering slowly but surely and there is a chance he could be back on the team in late August/early September. Stay healthy please.

New York Times | Billy Witz: It’s safe to say that the Yankees have had some decent luck at the shortstop position over the past two decades. While Didi Gregorius is excelling at the major league level, the Yankees’ farm system has a crop of excellent shortstops at their fingertips. With the newly acquired Gleyber Torres joining Jorge Mateo in Tampa, four of the Yankees’ top twelve prospects are shortstops. Could one be the next Derek Jeter and do it his way? Only time will tell.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: If the Yankees are going to trade Andrew Miller, the Nationals have just crossed their name off of the list of potential suitors. The Nats traded Felipe Rivero and Taylor Hearn to the Pirates for their closer, and former Yankee legend, Mark Melancon. It is becoming highly doubtful that the rumored Miller for Giolito trade had any real legs to it, as the Nats are seemingly unwilling to move any of their best prospect for a reliever. Rude. Smart, but rude!

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Song of the Day

Somebody That I Use To Know by Gotye ft. Kimbra

It’s Breakup Week on Pinstripe Alley. Since it’s the trade season, this week’s songs are devoted to breakups. If the Yankees do trade Ivan Nova or Brian McCann, will they have their friends collect their records and then change their number? As always, please link us your song of the day.