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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/3/18

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Why the Yankees didn’t deal Sonny Gray; Gray, trade-deadline bust, dropped from rotation; Yanks/Red Sox deadline chess match; Yankees shop wisely on international market; Happ to DL, Boone unsure who will start Saturday; Luke Voit makes Yankees debut.

Sonny Gray was dropped from the Yankees rotation after his horrendous start against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Sonny Gray was dropped from the Yankees rotation after his horrendous start against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Photo by Elsa/Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: Sonny Gray has been dropped from the Yankees rotation, and Joel Sherman of the New York Post discusses how last year’s trade-deadline acquisition has been a bust. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN Radio on Thursday that he fielded offers on Gray, but none of them made sense for the club. Cashman said teams approached Gray from a “buy-low” stance.

”I was not presented with anything that would make me feel like I missed an opportunity or I should have done something,” said Cashman.

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: Axisa breaks down the chess match that occurred between the Yankees and Red Sox leading up to this summer’s non-waiver trade deadline. Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News writes that the Yankees’ trade-deadline moves were all made with eyes on catching Boston in the AL East race. | Jesse Sanchez: The Yankees deftly acquired international bonus pool money in the days leading up to Tuesday’s trade deadline, and the club immediately spent this additional cash to sign top talent. First the Yankees inked number-nine ranked international prospect Osiel Rodriguez, a right-hander from Cuba. Then they signed number-eight ranked prospect Alexander Vargas, a 16-year-old shortstop who also hails from Cuba. The club also signed outfielder Kevin Alcantara, ranked No. 10, catcher Antonio Gomez, ranked No. 11, and right-handed pitcher Denny Larrondo, ranked No. 29. In the month since the international signing period began, the Yankees have already spent $7.9 million on 23 prospects.

Newsday | Erik Boland: J.A. Happ has been placed on the disabled list with hand, foot and mouth disease, so the newly acquired southpaw won’t pitch against the Red Sox this weekend. Luis Cessa was called up, but got pounded for five runs during last night’s loss. He threw 51 pitches in the relief effort, and won’t be available to start in Happ’s place on Saturday. When manager Aaron Boone was asked if anyone on the current staff would get the start on Saturday, he replied, “no.” Perhaps we’ll get to see the MLB debut of Chance Adams? Justus Sheffield started for Scranton/Wilkes Barre last night, so unfortunately, he isn’t an option for Saturday.

New York Post | Mollie Walker: Luke Voit made his Yankees debut last night, going 0-for-4 while batting seventh as the starting designated hitter. Voit was acquired from the Cardinals on Saturday along with international signing bonus pool money in exchange for Giovanny Gallegos and Chasen Shreve. Voit hit .299 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs over 67 games for St. Louis’ Triple-A affiliate Memphis this year. He also appeared in eight major-league games for the Cardinals and went 2-for-11 with a homer and three RBIs.