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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/21/18

Is James Paxton the new Yankees ace?; Bombers have entertained the idea of slotting Bryce Harper at first base; Yankees could move away from groundball specialists due to shoddy defense; Joe Harvey added to 40-man roster

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The Ringer | Zach Kram: There are many reasons to think that James Paxton is an ace in the making. Not only is he one of the top-10 starters since 2016 in terms of FIP, but his strikeout rate is comparable to Clayton Kershaw’s during that time. His walk rate since 2016 is better than Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom’s, and he records strikes on 66.5% of his pitches. | Mike Rosenstein: Now that we’re anxiously waiting for the Bombers to make their next move, rumors are still floating connecting them to Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Obviously the Yankees aren’t hurting for outfielders, but according to Jon Morosi, the team has entertained the idea of moving Harper to first base. Machado is still probably the better fit, though.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Will the Yankees’ questionable defense cause them to move away from groundball specialists and focus on a strikeout-heavy staff? That could be the case. Patrick Corbin and Nathan Eovaldi both fit that mold. Cashman also intends to add two relievers, and this strategy could strengthen the argument for adding Adam Ottavino.

CBS Sports | Staff: The Yankees added Joe Harvey to the 40-man roster yesterday in order to protect him ahead of the Rule 5 draft. He spent 2018 in Scranton where he posted a 1.66 ERA over 54.1 relief innings. They also traded Jordan Foley to the Rockies, in case you missed last night’s news.