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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/23/18

Bombers whiffed on Jeurys Familia; Yanks one of at least six teams in on Zach Britton; Sonny Gray draws interest; Yankees interested in Kevin Gausman; Aaron Judge and Luis Severino rank among 10 most valuable contracts; Brandon Drury on the block; Miguel Andujar untouchable?

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Mets closer Jeurys Familia was traded to Oakland for a pair of low-level prospects and international bonus pool money.
Mets closer Jeurys Familia was traded to Oakland for a pair of low-level prospects and international bonus pool money.
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports | Jane Lee: Yankees fans witnessed the speculation that Mets closer Jeurys Familia was about to be traded when he didn’t warm up late in Friday’s close Subway Series game. The deal was made official late Saturday, and it was then that we learned precisely how little Oakland expended to acquire him. The Athletics gave up their number 17 prospect, an unranked prospect, and $1 million in international bonus pool money.

Familia has already amassed 1.4 WAR this season, has averaged 9.2 strikeouts per nine over his career, and has allowed a paltry three home runs over his last 133 innings dating back to the start of 2016. He led the league with 51 saves that season, and also led the league in games finished in both 2015 and 2016. Brian Cashman really whiffed by allowing the elite closer to be traded to the Yankees’ Wild Card rival so cheaply. Strangely, the Yankees GM said in an interview on Sunday with WFAN’s “Boomer and Gio” that he would like the deal if he were a Mets fan. Yeah, but not as much as A’s fans. Familia was a steal for Oakland.

Fancred | Jon Heyman: Heyman reports that there are at least six teams in on Orioles closer Zach Britton. It was previously reported that the Yankees are one of them. The full Britton play-by-play is painstakingly chronicled here on

Boston Globe | Nick Cafardo: Cafardo reports that teams are scouting right-hander Sonny Gray, and some clubs are under the impression New York wants to trade him. Jon Heyman tweeted that Gray is drawing “a bit of interest.”

MASN | Roch Kubatko: Kubatko reports that the Yankees checked in with Baltimore on Kevin Gausman. Meanwhile, Yankees’ long-shot trade target Noah Syndergaard was placed on the 10-day disabled list after he contracted hand, foot and mouth disease.

Fan Graphs | Kiley McDaniel: McDaniel published his annual list of MLB’s most valuable contracts. Aaron Judge ranked third behind Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor, while Luis Severino came in 10th. Gleyber Torres (20th) and Gary Sanchez (31st) also made the top 50.

The Athletic | Ken Rosenthal: The Yankees failed to acquire reliever Brad Hand because the Padres insisted on getting Miguel Andujar in return. The Yankees “have no plans to trade Andujar,” writes Rosenthal. Finally, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that Brandon Drury was in the package the Yankees offered the Orioles for shortstop Manny Machado.