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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/16/18

Potential Ellsbury trade partner gone; How the Yankees can become more evil; RailRiders promotional schedule; Granderson signs with Blue Jays

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New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: The slow offseason has been heating up a bit recently and the Pirates are heating it. A few days ago, they traded Gerrit Cole to the Astros and now they traded Andrew McCutchen to the Giants. This deal “impacts” the Yankees because San Francisco was often used as a potential destination in the pipe dream that is a Jacoby Ellsbury trade. Acquiring McCutchen likely takes them out of the running for Ellsbury, though they may still be in the market for a center fielder.

ESPN | Andrew Marchand: This offseason hasn’t given the baseball world a lot to work with. So much so that some people are taking it upon themselves to predict how the upcoming season will go because there’s nothing else to talk about. This looks into how the “Evil Empire” can become much more evil in a nightmare/dream scenario. While this isn’t what I expect to happen, I can’t say I’d hate the end result. I like where your head’s at, Marchand.

The Times Tribune | Conor Foley: Do you love bobbleheads? Well you should. They can be awesome. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate, officially released their promotional schedule for the upcoming season and it’s dominated by bobbleheads. Also, don’t overlook the fact that they’re going to become the Teddy Bears for one night.

CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson: In former Yankee news, Curtis Granderson has signed a one-year/$5 million deal with the Blue Jays to return to the AL East. Granderson, who split last season with the Mets and Dodgers, obviously isn’t the player he once was but still hit 26 home runs last year and had an OPS+ of 103. His splits show he’s still effective as a platoon-player against right-handed pitching, which is how the Blue Jays will likely use him.