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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/20/17

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Yankees might have created the most formidable bullpen in the majors; Yankees still have one more hole to fill; stopping Todd Frazier from going to the Red Sox may have rekindled the rivalry; Cashman might not be done making moves; Clint Frazier will wear #77, D-Rob is back to wearing #30, and Todd Frazier will ask O’Neill to wear #21

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Kahnle is back!
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Fangraphs | Jeff Sullivan: In case you missed it, the Yankees and White Sox made quite a trade Tuesday night. With that trade, the Yankees received three players, two of which will be joining the bullpen. The addition of David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle might very well have given the Yankees the most formidable bullpen in the majors. This article offers some projections on just how good they can potentially be. It’s well worth a look.

New York Daily News | John Harper: The Yankees needed help in the bullpen and help at first base. This trade helped with both of those needs. With Michael Pineda out for the year, one of the last things they could use is a starting pitcher. There is the chance that they start stretching out Green to be a starter again, or perhaps promote Chance Adams when he’s ready. Cashman also has a bit more prospect depth to possibly do his Ninja Cash stuff with. We shall see.

Newsday | David Lennon: One of the many discussed attribute of this trade is getting Todd Frazier. To be more precise, it was preventing the Red Sox in acquiring Todd Frazier. The Red Sox are in search of a third baseman and Todd Frazier could have potentially fit there. With this trade, people are starting to feel like the old classic Yankees/Red Sox rivalry is back. Be sure to tune in to another ESPN Sunday Night Baseball matchup between the two to see.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Brian Cashman is not done yet. Well, maybe he is. You never know with Ninja Cash. This recent trade still could be the biggest move he makes. Cashman says he’ll try to “maximize the present as well as protect the future” which is essentially sticking to the plan. There’s still some time left though. Stay tuned. Same Cash time. Same Cash channel. | Bryan Hoch: With D-Rob back in the Yankees’ org thanks to Brian Cashman and fellow link dumper Kunj Shah’s eternal hope, Clint Frazier happily and quickly gave his #30 back to Robertson. Frazier then chose #77 because he thought it looked really cool, especially with Judge wearing #99. On the other side of this, Todd Frazier picked #29 but he plans on asking Paul O’Neill if he could wear #21, since Frazier was a huge O’Neill fan growing up. Since #21 isn’t retired, this shouldn’t be an issue. I don’t even think Paul O’Neill considers it a big deal anyway. It probably will be though, due to reasons. Sigh.