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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 12/8/18

Bryce Harper not expected back in Washington; Cashman prepared for busy winter meetings; the case for J.A. Happ; Severino’s pitch tipping problems.

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images|Jamal Collier: In a Friday radio interview, Nationals owner Mark Lerner revealed just how far his team was from keeping superstar Bryce Harper, saying: “I really don’t expect him to come back at this point, I think they’ve decided to move on.” With Juan Soto’s emergence and Victor Robles likely to play in 2019, the Nationals may be completely off the board in the pursuit of Harper. | Bryan Hoch: Brian Cashman has always taken full advantage of the annual Winter Meetings, using them a decade ago to sign CC Sabathia as one example. With Sonny Gray expected to be traded and the Rule 5 draft bearing down, Cash can be expected to be among the busiest execs at this year’s meetings. | Mike Rosenstein: After losing Patrick Corbin to the aforementioned Nationals, the Yankees are forced to look into the second tier of available starting pitching, including possibly reuniting with trade deadline acquisition J.A. Happ. Happ’s up there in age and is probably seeking a multi-year deal, but there’s some belief among baseball executives that the lefty still has it.

SNY | Matt Eisenberg: Pitch tipping has replaced pitch framing as “that thing that fans attribute an awful lot to without really understanding how it works”. As much as it’s been the topic de jure around Luis Severino’s struggles in 2018, few clear examples of what he’s doing wrong have been documented. Here, Matt breaks down one possible cause of Sevy’s tips: last-second glances to third base.