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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/31/18

If Bryce Harper is available, can the Yankees get Max Scherzer; Adam Warren traded to Mariners; Lance Lynn acquired from Twins; David Cone thinks J.A. Happ will do well for the Yankees

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports | Mark Feinsand: Bryce Harper is being made available for trade. We discussed this yesterday. I’m here to talk about a much more radical idea. If the Nationals are indeed selling, Max Scherzer should be the Yankees primary target. All in for Max, I say. All. In. It makes sense for the Nationals, mainly because I want it to make sense. I really want Max Scherzer. I’ve wanted him since the Yankees could have just paid money for his services. Getting Scherzer would be huge. DO IT! Thoughts?

Fangraphs | Dan Szymborski: Brian Cashman made some moves yesterday. The first move of the day was to trade Adam Warren to the Mariners for international slot bonus pool money. With A.J. Cole doing well in his long relief role, and the rest of the bullpen being pretty gosh darn good, Cashman used Warren to prepare for the future. Dan looks at what Warren has done for the Yankees and why he should do well for the Mariners. Could be interesting if the two teams face each other in the Wild Card.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Yankees also traded Tyler Austin & Luis Sijo to the Minnesota Twins for Lance Lynn, probably to take the place of Warren. They lost Austin but gained Luke Voit in an earlier trade this weekend. They also bolstered their international slot bonus pool money. As Sherman states, these moves signify that the Yankees are still preparing for the future. That’s not to say they are done making moves though. Nothing Cashman has done has hampered his ability to make a Ninja Cash move before the deadline.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Don’t forget that the Yankees traded for J.A. Happ not too long ago. Happ made his debut on Sunday against the Royals and it went rather well. His next start will be against the Red Sox. YES broadcaster and friend of the site, David Cone, believes that Happ was a great option for the Yankees. He believes that Happ’s excitement about pitching for a contender, combined with his success in the AL East, will provide the Yankees with what they need. Let’s hope he’s right.