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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/20/19

Yankees finalizing Gray trade with Reds; Betances and Ottavino teammates again; Rivera probably won’t receive unanimous Hall of Fame induction

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CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson: The Yankees are on the verge of trading Sonny Gray to the Reds. In return, the Bombers are expected to receive a package fronted by infield prospect Shed Long. Here’s hoping they finalize the deal soon. In the meantime, take a look at what Kento had to say about the proposed return.

SNY | Anthony McCarron: Here’s a fun story. Dellin Betances and Adam Ottavino will share the late innings coming out of the Yankees bullpen this season. They go way back, however, as the two pitched for the same summer program growing up in New York City. Mel Zitter, their instructor, remembered them fondly.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Mariano Rivera will earn induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. In all likelihood, he will fall just short of appearing on 100% of the votes. While Davidoff, and many fans, think there’s no case for him to not appear on a ballot, I won’t get too worked up if he isn’t unanimous. Mo is an inner-circle Hall of Famer regardless of the totals.