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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/19/18

Harper gets a shave; Frazier to cover for Gardner’s bad knee; Yankees trade with the Mariners a lot; Ross’ and Hamels’ stock on the ride

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MLB: New York Yankees at Washington Nationals-Continued Game Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

New York Daily News | Mark Fischer: When Bryce Harper arrived at Nationals Park yesterday, he sent shockwaves through the baseball media world. He appeared clean-shaven, a noticeable departure from his signature bearded look. On any other day, this is a player searching for a creative way to bust out of a slump. It just so happened that the Yankees were in town. You know, the team with the strict facial hair policy. Interesting! No, he isn’t telegraphing a future in pinstripes. It sure is fun to dream, though. | Randy Miller: The Yankees called up Clint Frazier on Monday. He made a late-innings appearance during game two against the Nationals. As a corresponding move, however, the Yankees optioned Ronald Torreyes back to Triple-A. That’s no knock on him! The front office is just playing it safe with Brett Gardner’s balky knee. It’s a matter of filling a hole for Brian Cashman. Plus, if an outfielder is hurting, there are far worse options to replace him with than Red Thunder.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: As the Seattle Mariners visit New York, you may notice that their roster looks familiar. That’s because the Yankees have shipped a number of players to the M’s over the years. Sherman wonders who could be the next Yankee on the move. The team has so many excess players for a finite number of roster spots. His predictions? Brandon Drury and Clint Frazier surface in many trade rumors this summer. | Mark Feinsand: Trade season is underway. A few potential players on the move have done work to raise their stock over the last few weeks. That includes Tyson Ross and Cole Hamels. With the Yankees expected to make a play for a starter — or two — it makes sense to keep your eyes on these two.

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