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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/14/18

Brian Cashman simply did his job when asking about Machado; Cashman praises Andujar in response to rumors of not being high on him; Tigers scouting Yankees in Cleveland for potential Fulmer trade; Jacoby Ellsbury still hurting; Chapman decides to sit out for the All-Star Game

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New York Daily News | Bill Madden: It’s trade season and everyone is curious where Manny Machado will end up. There have been tweets saying that the Yankees have made a strong offer, perhaps the strongest. According to this, it seems that all Brian Cashman did was call Dan Duquette to see how available he was. Basically, he was doing his job. The Phillies have apparently made a strong offer for Machado and Zach Britton as well. Trade season, everyone.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: One main issue with trading for Machado is that the Yankees have Didi Gregorius and Miguel Andujar playing the two positions Machado would play. Apparently some people in the Yankee org. privately don’t think much of Andujar. Brian Cashman says that statement is a bunch of hooey and that the Yankees are very high on Miggy. Cashman won’t say that Andujar is untouchable, but he made a point to mention that he’s been unwilling to trade him in the past. Cash thinks that, like Robinson Cano, Andujar can and will improve at the position over time.

New York Post | George A. King III: As mentioned in, uh, I’m just gonna say almost every Pinstripe Alley post & comment section, the Yankees need a starting pitcher more than they need a Manny Machado. Michael Fulmer was supposedly one of their targets in the offseason. He still remains a target during trade season. The Tigers had one of their scouts at yesterday’s game to look at what the Yankees have to offer. Tyler Wade and Clint Frazier are potential targets for the Tigers organization. While Fulmer has not had the best of seasons, he is still young and would be under team control for some time.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Now for some important Jacoby Ellsbury news. He’s still injured. He’s still unable to proceed with any baseball activities. It’s unclear when, or if, he’ll be able to this year. In other words, he’s still Jacoby Ellsbury. | Bryan Hoch: Aroldis Chapman was selected to the All-Star Game. His numbers have certainly shown why he was selected. However, the Yankee closer has decided not to attend the festivities. This is due to the aching pain in his knee. Boone said that Chapman is still available for the remainder of this series. It’s probably for the best that he has four or five days off at that point.