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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 12/1/18

Gray, Gregorius among nine Yankees to receive contract offers; 11 teams have interest in Sonny Gray trade; Best bargain buys; Corbin family pitches Patrick to Yankees

Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees Photo by Elsa/Getty Images | Mark Feinsand: Friday night was the deadline to tender or non-tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, and the Yankees tendered contracts to all nine eligible players. The only player they would have non-tendered was the since-traded Ronald Torreyes. This means Sonny Gray and Didi Gregorius will negotiate new contracts despite uncertain futures, and Tommy Kahnle and Greg Bird will get one more chance with the team.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Brian Cashman spent his Friday in Stamford, CT, practicing for his annual winter rappel down a 22-story building, but he also answered questions from the media. He acknowledged that the team has received inquiries from 11 teams on Sonny Gray. Regarding returns, Cashman said he’s interested in both prospects and major leaguers, and also mentioned that Gray could merely be one piece of a much larger trade.

YES Network | Mike Daniello: Everyone is talking about star free agents Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Patrick Corbin, but the fact is that championships are often won and lost by the amount of depth an organization has. In that respect, the Yankees would be wise to pursue some bargain buys for their spotty infield and pitching depth. Adam Ottavino, Charlie Morton and Josh Harrison are among the names speculated as possible fits.

CBS Sports | Katherine Acquavella: Patrick Corbin is a Syracuse native and lifelong Yankees fan, which would make it a great story if he were to come and pitch for his favorite team. The Corbin family sure is on board with the idea. At Patrick’s recent wedding, his younger brother closed his best-man speech by taking out a Yankees cap and saying that the family hopes Patrick moves “closer to home.” If the Yankees’ formal recruitment pitch wasn’t enough, perhaps a little family persuasion can help sell Corbin on New York.