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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/26/18

Lynn, Cobb “not in play” right now; Deadline trade for pitching more likely, if needed; A-Rod, Reggie, Matsui, Swisher announced as special advisers; Drury avoided injury scare

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New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: It’s no secret that the Yankees had been searching for starting pitching help this offseason, but they seem to feel good enough with what they have that they want to get help at their price only. Aaron Boone came out and said that the team isn’t really “in play” for Alex Cobb or Lance Lynn, two of the top remaining free agent starters. If the Yankees need help, they can turn to Justus Sheffield, who has big league stuff but still needs to work on his command, as he showed in yesterday’s outing.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: If the Yankees do find themselves needing some outside pitching help during the season, don’t expect them to flex their financial muscle. Instead of using dollars to get help, they’ll probably look to get more help at the trade deadline in July. They have a plethora of prospects and a deep farm system that they could use for trades if they need to, similar to how they got Sonny Gray last year.

ESPN | Cole Harvey: A-Rod is back(ish)! The Yankees announced yesterday that they brought Alex Rodriguez back as a special adviser to the team along with Reggie Jackson, Hideki Matsui, and Nick Swisher, who will serve in that role for the first time. Swisher and Jackson are already down with the team in Tampa, while Rodriguez will join the team at some point.

New York Post | George A. King III: Newly acquired Brandon Drury narrowly avoided a scare in his first game as a Yankee on Saturday. He made his Yankee debut with a solid one-out single and then two innings later got hit in his left hand by a Clay Holmes fastball. Fortunately, nothing was broken and Drury says he’s 100 percent.