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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/9/17

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Clint Frazier’s first home run in Yankee Stadium is the first walk-off in his career; Betances and Chapman offer a glimmer of hope; Yankees could pursue Padres’ reliever Brad Hand; Jorge Mateo has been really hot in Double-A Trenton; Yankees might be looking at Justin Bour

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Around the Empire

New York Daily News | Peter Botte: If yesterday’s game was the last game of the first half, it would have been a great way to end it. Clint Frazier hit his second home run of his major league career. It was the first home run he hit at Yankee Stadium. It was the first walk-off home run of his career. There’s no telling how long the Red Thunder will be in the majors, but the Yankees and their fans are getting a preview of what it could be like to have an outfield consisting of Judge & Frazier. It’s kinda exciting.

Newsday | Erik Boland: If yesterday’s game was the last game of the first half, the Yankees got a bit of hope back. The bullpen, AKA the bringer of pain, actually looked sharp after Luis Severino’s solid outing. Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman came in and did their jobs with little to no drama. You know, what they’re suppose to do. The two of them need to be able to pitch well if the Yankees are going to contend. They could still use some help though.

MLBTradeRumors | Connor Byrne: As mentioned above, the bullpen needs help. The San Diego Padres maybe be able to lend a Hand. There are rumors and speculation that the Yankees are interested in Padres’ reliever Brad Hand. The question is how much the Padres will want for Hand. A lot of teams need bullpen help and the Padres may be looking to cash in like the Yankees did last year.

Newsday | Joran Lauterbach: When it comes to farm depth, the Yankees are well stocked. Jorge Mateo was promoted to Double-A Trenton not too long ago and he has put his name right back on the map with his performance there. He could be setting himself up as a very nice trade chip as the deadline approached. Or the Yankees could keep him. The point is that he’s back in the discussion, which is fantastic to hear.

New York Post: In addition to the bullpen, the Yankees have been plagued at first base this year. There are rumors that the Yankees are looking at Marlins’ first baseman Justin Bour. Bour is having a very productive season for the Marlins, despite their standings. He is also under team control until 2020. The Yankees would have to give up a lot for him. It would also most likely signal that they are prepared to move on from Greg Bird. It’s going to be an interesting trade deadline.

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