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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/22/17

Bird could return soon; Denbo could be the next Marlins’ GM; Chapman isn’t generating whiffs; McKinney might have found a home; Envisioning Tanaka’s next contract

New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays
“Y’all ready for me? I’m waaaaaaaaiting..”
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New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: GREG BIRD! Have you heard? Greg Bird is currently going through a rehab assignment in Triple-A and he’s been hitting well. Conveniently, the RailRiders are currently in Rochester which is only an hour flight away from Detroit, where the Yankees’ next series is scheduled. If he continues hitting and playing well, he could join the Yankees this week, as he had mentioned last week.

CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson: The Miami Marlins Marlin2 will soon be owned by former Yankee 2hort2top Derek Jeter. Obviously Jeter is part of an ownership group, but he’ll be the face and the one in charge. The word on the 2treet is that Jeter could bring on Gary Denbo, the Yankees’ vice president of player development, to be the next GM. Though he could just be in the running for another job in the organization.

The Ringer | Zach Kram: Aroldis Chapman needs some Mylanta or Pepto or something, because that closer’s tummy has been quite upset this year. So much so that Joe Girardi removed Chapman from the closer’s role. What’s wrong with him though? He’s not generating any swinging strikes anymore and that’s a cause for concern. It could be a new or lingering injury as his delivery looks a bit different from last year.

FanRag Sports | Wayne Cavadi: Billy McKinney has always been the “other guy.” First he was second to Addison Russell and then he was second to Gleyber Torres last year. Now, McKinney is making a name for himself. Because he switched from center to the corner outfield positions and the depth ahead of him, it’s difficult to see McKinney getting himself a starting spot, but he may have found himself a home in the Yankee organization. He’s also Rule-5 eligible this winter.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Masahiro Tanaka is going to be an interesting storyline to follow this winter. Before the season it seemed like a lock that Tanaka would exercise his opt-out but due to his struggles, it’s up in the air. He has three years and $67 million left on his contract and while GMs think he may be able to get more in total value but definitely not more in AAV.