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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 10/23/2019

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Brian Cashman has high praise for Deivi Garcia; David Hale elects free agency; Phillies raid Yankees front office

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New York Post | Mollie Walker: Following an incredible 2019 season, Yankees prospect Deivi Garcia will be added to the 40-man roster this winter. Doing so will protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Could he be more than just a member of the Scranton shuttle in 2020? Brian Cashman seems to think so, calling Garcia’s performance “amazing” and citing Jordan Montgomery’s 2017 as evidence for a young starting pitcher forcing his way into the rotation during spring training.

MLB Trade Rumors | Connor Byrne: Veteran pitcher David Hale, whom the Yankees outrighted to Triple-A on October 19, has elected free agency. He had a strong season, with a 3.11 ERA, 5.5 K/9 ratio, and 50% groundball rate over 20 appearances, before an injury ended his season. It remains to be seen whether or not this the end of Hale in pinstripes, however, as he has been designated for assignment and brought back on multiple occasions the past two seasons.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: The Phillies have been known to look to the Bronx to fill many vacancies in their staff this offseason, with former Yankees managers Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter among the finalists for the team’s open managerial position. They have done the same in their front office, however, hiring former Yankees scout Brian Barber as their new director of amateur scouting. Barber had been with the organization for 18 seasons and has served as the national cross-checker since 2010. We wish him luck with his newest opportunity.