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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/16/18

Yankees offered top prospects for Manny Machado; Aaron Boone sets post-All-Star break rotation; Gary Sanchez homers in rehab game; Chad Green’s unprecedented struggles; Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez could be a trade option for Yanks.

Orioles shortstop Manny Machado hugs starting pitcher Andrew Cashner after Sunday’s first-half finale against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Orioles shortstop Manny Machado hugs starting pitcher Andrew Cashner after Sunday’s first-half finale against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
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New York Post | George A. King III: Just when we thought the Manny Machado chase was over, King drops a whopper! It was previously reported that the Yankees were unwilling to offer any of their top prospects to rent the perennial All-Star for what’s left of the 2018 campaign. Not so fast, reports King. The Yankees “have offered players from their top-10 prospect list.”

In other Machado coverage, Mike Lupica argues that the Yankees should forget Machado, because pitching help is what they need in October. Kevin Kernan states that the Yankees should “pull out all of the stops” to get Machado. Meanwhile, Justus Sheffield has learned how to block out the trade-rumor noise. | Bryan Hoch: Domingo German will start the second-half opener against the Mets at Yankee Stadium on Friday night. Sonny Gray (Saturday) and Masahiro Tanaka (Sunday) will follow the rookie against the Flushing squad, with Luis Severino (Monday) and CC Sabathia (Tuesday) being held back to pitch the first two games of the subsequent series against Tampa Bay. Aaron Boone cited the desire to get the latter two starters extra rest, while also noting that both German and Tanaka would be going on their seventh day, so they get a bit of extra rest as well. Boone also anticipates that Severino will pitch a frame during Tuesday’s All-Star game, which would serve as a throw day for the team’s ace.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Gary Sanchez homered and struck out twice in three at-bats in his first rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre Sunday. Sanchez caught seven innings and will now head out on the road with the RailRiders. The plan is for Sanchez to DH on Monday, get the day off Tuesday, and then catch nine innings Wednesday before rejoining the Yankees.

New York Post | George A. King III: Chad Green made a mistake with an 0-1 fastball to Michael Brantley leading off the eighth of Sunday’s game, which landed just out of reach of Giancarlo Stanton for what proved to be the game-winning home run. Green allowed two more runs in the frame to seal the Yankees’ defeat, pushing them further behind the Red Sox in the AL East race. In his previous outing on July 10th, Green squandered a 5-3 lead to the Orioles late in a game the Yankees also dropped. According to Katie Sharp, this marks the first time in Green’s career that he allowed two or more runs in back-to-back games as a reliever, with Sunday being the only time he gave up three. Should we be concerned with Green as the Yankees begin the second half?

New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Cardinals currently sit only two games over .500 and just fired their manager and hitting coaches. If they decide to re-tool, could they trade ace Carlos Martinez? The 26-year-old right-hander has had his share of problems. He leads the league in hit-by-pitch, while averaging 4.7 walks per nine this season. On the plus side, he’s allowed a paltry 0.4 home runs per nine, 0.85 hits per inning, and produced a respectable 3.71 FIP across 90 plus innings. Nine of his 16 outings have been quality starts. Could the Yankees take a flyer on this low-risk, high-reward starter? If they do — and are able to solve his control problems — Martinez could be a great pick-up for New York.