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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/11/18

Stanton third in Final Vote update; Stanton would be good for ASG; Behind the Machado rumors; Happ’s the most “realistic” target; Bird’s booming HR

MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports | Bryan Hoch: Did you know that Giancarlo Stanton is a Yankee now? Well maybe you did but not all Yankees fans got the memo, because he’s currently in third in the Final Vote voting. The MarinersJean Segura and the Red Sox’s Andrew Benintendi currently rank ahead of Stanton in voting, which 1) lol Mariners and 2) ew. Go out and vote and let’s get Giancarlo Stanton to the All-Star Game as a Yankee! | Mike Lupica: I’m of the opinion that baseball’s stars should be at the All-Star Game. Crazy idea, right? You know who is one of baseball’s stars? Giancarlo Stanton. And the All-Star Game would be better if he was there. Since his average start, Stanton has really picked it up of late and absolutely deserves to go to the game. It’s better when the actual stars are there instead of random first-half sensations, though sometimes that’s good and fun too.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Moving from All-Star Game talk, the next biggest thing that’s coming is the trade deadline. So of course, we’re talking about the latest MLB trade rumors, which brings us to Manny Machado. The Yankees’ interest in Machado has existed for a while, they looked into getting him during the offseason as well, and it’s back. Even though they have Miguel Andujar playing well right now, the interest in Machado still makes sense.

Sporting News | Thomas Lott: The Yankees may be able to swing a trade for Machado because what they’d need to land him, might not be used elsewhere. The Yankees want an ace like Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard, but believe a trade for either is “unrealistic.” Either the price is too high, or the Mets don’t want to trade them to the Yankees, or most likely: a combination of both. As such, the Yankees have J.A. Happ at “the top of their realistic rotation trade options,” though they think his price is also too high currently. | Bryan Hoch: CA-CAW. Losing to a bad team like the Orioles is so annoying, but there was one highlight yesterday. Greg Bird hit an absolute bomb in the fifth inning yesterday to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Since his two home run game against the Red Sox, Bird has overall been hitting better of late and yesterday’s game just continued that trend. Aaron Boone has talked about seeing signs that Bird is coming along, but for the first time this season, it’s starting to actually seem that way.