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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/29/17

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Yankees need to make a Cole decision; Harrison could help at 2B and 3B; A look at Jake Cave; D-Rob and the rules of holds and blown saves

Philadelphia Phillies v Pittsburgh Pirates
“If I’m going to New York, you’re coming with me!”
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New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: The Yankees have been flirting with the Pirates on a Gerrit Cole deal for a while now, but it can’t possibly go on forever. The talks have been so on and off and on and off that Greg Kirkland doesn’t even care if Gerrit Cole is ever a Yankee. The team needs to figure out if they’re buying a ticket for the Cole Train or letting it pass by the station.

Pittsburgh Tribune Live | Rob Biertempfel: If the Yankees are in on Cole, there’s a chance they may try make it a package deal with Josh Harrison as well, who the Yankees have supposedly shown interest in. The team’s interest in Harrison makes sense as they have an opening at second and third base and likely don’t want to go with rookies or Ronald Torreyes at both. For what it’s worth, Harrison played 49 games at third and 83 at second base in 2017.

FanRag Sports | Gary Phillips: You know what this offseason has been missing? Jake Cave news. Well, folks, here we are. A prospect profile on Jake Cave, it’s what everyone’s been looking for this offseason and it’s finally here. Cave’s on the Yankees’ 40-man roster, but it’s hard to see him getting a real chance with the team unless everyone in front of him just—actually I don’t even want to say it.

Hardball Times | Shane Tourtellotte: Remember the AL Wild Card Game? I definitely do. Not just because I was there, and not just because the Yankees won, and not just because it was an exciting game. But it was an extra special game for me because I got to watch David Robertson work his magic for 3.1 innings in person. It was beautiful. It also led the author of this piece down a rabbit hole of trying to figure out exactly how blown saves and holds work.