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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/22/19

Introducing Josh Stowers; Mo a lock to be voted tonight, Moose close; Farquhar agrees to MiLB deal; Previewing the team’s bullpen

Sonny Gray was dropped from the Yankees rotation after his horrendous start against the Orioles on Wednesday. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

New York Post | Greg Joyce: Yesterday got a little confusing. Over the weekend, it came out that the Yankees and the Reds had agreed to a deal that would send Sonny Gray to Cincinnati. Then the Reds and Gray were working out an extension, and today, Gray’s new contract was finalized and the saga was over. Until it wasn’t. Jeff Passan broke that the Yankees flipped Shed Long (the infield prospect received from the Reds) to the Mariners for Josh Stowers. This piece is a basic intro to Stowers. Thanks to Matt Ferenchick, we also learned that Stowers has a very good dog:

Welcome to the Yankees, Mika! Oh and Josh Stowers too, I guess. | Matt Kelly: The 2019 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced tonight. Mariano Rivera is a lock to make it this year on his first attempt, along with Roy Halladay. It looks like this year could finally be the year for Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina, whereas the likes of Andy Pettitte and Andruw Jones are looking to just stay on the ballot past this year. Today in feel-good stories of the week, the Yankees have signed Danny Farquhar to a minor-league deal. This is a bit of a homecoming for Farquhar as he spent time in the organization in 2012 before being traded to the Mariners in the deal that brought Ichiro Suzuki to New York. The reason this is a feel-good story, however, is because early last season Farquhar was hospitalized after he suffered a brain hemorrhage while with the White Sox. Looks like he should be good to go if the Yankees are signing him. | Bryan Hoch: With spring training just a few weeks away, team previews are bound to start. This week, Hoch takes a look at the Yankees’ “electrifying” bullpen. Even though they let David Robertson (bunt you, Yankees) walk away, bringing in Adam Ottavino and re-signing Zach Britton once again gives the Yankees a formidable crew at the back end of games to go with Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Chad Green, and Jonathan Holder.