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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/6/17

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Red Sox sign stealing; Andujar’s promotion; Cashman on the Yankees’ progress; Chad Green’s emergence; Ellsbury’s trade value; Astros close to a Yankees record

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New York Times | Michael S. Schmidt: Here’s the big bombshell of yesterday. Let’s put it this way: I don’t think I’d ever put Michael Schmidt’s name on a morning link roundup, so consider that this is a bona fide major scoop. The Red Sox, according to a source in Major League Baseball, engaged in multiple incidents of sign stealing, using electronic devices like Apple Watches to convey pitch signals to runners on base. Brian Cashman filed a formal complaint because according to video, he could see a trainer looking at his Apple Watch and relaying the message to runners on base. Whatever you think of what the punishment should or should not be, this will likely cause further investigations, and a change in the way technology is regulated in the dugout. | Brendan Kuty: I’m sure many commenters agree, so it’s fair to question what made the Yankees wait so long in promoting Miguel Andujar, a top 100 prospect who raked in the minors this year. I suppose the question is moot at this point, because he will get his shot in September and beyond.

Newsday | Erik Boland: This was pre-AppleGate, but there are some nice comments in here from Cashman on the Yankees’ recent performance and how their trade acquisitions have kept them in the conversation, not to mention key players returning from injury.

Boston Globe | Nick Cafardo: Who knows if this means anything, but Cafardo mentions Ellsbury as a possible trade candidate if the Yankees are willing to eat part of the remaining $68 million on his contract. Honestly, if he performs well and convinces teams he could be a reasonable piece, then I’m all for it. At the moment, though, it seems like a low probability outcome.

New York Daily News | John Harper: Here’s another article praising Chad Green, and he deserves it. He has quietly become one of the best relievers in an already-stacked bullpen, and it’s reasonable to think he could even be a trade piece down the line if this continues. As of now, though, he’s going to be very important in a pennant race.

Washington Post | Neil Greenberg: The Astros are having a fantastic year, and they could be on the precipice of breaking a Yankees record: the highest team wRC+. The Astros currently have 123, which is certifiably insane, and the 1927 Yankees are only three ticks better.