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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/14/17

Brian Cashman hopes to make final splash at Winter Meetings; Yankees possibly talking to D’Backs about a trade for Zack Grienke; Michael Pineda signs with the Twins for two years; Ellsbury and Betances are excited about the 2018 Yankees

MLB: Winter Meetings
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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees have had quite the week. They traded for Giancarlo Stanton. They salary dumped Chase Headley on the Padres because they really really wanted Bryan Mitchell for reasons. Brian Cashman is not done though. He is still hoping to make one more big splash before the meetings come to a close. That could mean trading for a pitcher like Gerrit Cole or Michael Fulmer. As fellow PSA scribe Tyler Norton mentioned last night, the Yankees have made an offer for Manny Machado. Pitching seems to be the primary concern though.

FanRag Sports | Robert Murray: As mentioned above, the Yankees have been connected with Gerrit Cole, Michael Fulmer, and Chris Archer. Last night another name entered the mix: Zack Grienke. His name came up while discussing a potential trade for Brandon Drury. Grienke had a bounce back year for the Diamondbacks last year. It seems like the D’Backs would want a big haul back for Grienke, so take this rumor with a grain of salt.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Meanwhile, Michael Pineda is now officially off the market. The Minnesota Twins have signed Big Mike to a 2-year, $10 million dollar contract. Pineda missed more than half the 2017 season due to injury. He is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery, so this is more of a move for the 2019 Twins. Farewell, Substantial Miguel. Thank you for the almost no-hitter and the 16 strikeout Mother’s Day game. You can head to our sister site, Twinkie Town, to check out their post on Pineda. | Bryan Hoch: Everyone is pretty excited about the 2018 Yankees. I’m excited. You’re excited. LTL’s excited. Jacoby Ellsbury is also excited. As reported earlier in the week, it does not appear that Ellsbury is going to waive his NTC to be a starting CF elsewhere. Ellsbury still Ellsbelieves that he can be a major contributor to the Yankees, even though all signs point to him being a 5th or 6th outfielder on the team. It’s his choice.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Dellin Betances is in awe of the current Yankees’ lineup. “What do you do?” he asks. You cower in fear, obviously. You understand that there is little you can do about the baseballs that are about to be destroyed. You hope that none of the baseballs that you offered up to the Yankee batters come back to haunt you in your deepest, darkest dreams.