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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/30/19

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Yankees should be interested in Corey Seager; Ranking suitors for Gerrit Cole; Joe Girardi imparting Yankees culture on Phillies

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New York Daily News | Bradford William Davis: The hot stove is smoldering early this year, with reports of the Dodgers having interest in acquiring Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor. If Los Angeles can pull off that heist, Davis thinks the Yankees should get on the phone and try to snag Corey Seager. The Dodgers shortstop hit .272/.335/.483 with 19 home runs (113 wRC+) in 2019, and is just two seasons removed from a 127 wRC+ campaign. Davis thinks Seager’s left-handed bat would balance the lineup, and he’s young enough (25) to fit with the current core. For now it’s just speculation, but that’s not a bad idea.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Gerrit Cole sweepstakes will serve as the main event of the offseason. Sherman identifies five potential suitors, including the Yankees. He notes how the Bombers have long been enamored with the right-hander, but his price tag may frighten them. “Does [Giancarlo] Stanton plus Cole equal a near-luxury-tax delinquency for a while that scares the Yankees off?” he wonders.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: The Phillies introduced Joe Girardi as their manager earlier this week. Reporters asked if the skipper would bring “the Yankees way” to Philadelphia, namely in the form of grooming policies. Girardi rejected that idea, and instead provided his vision for the clubhouse. I’m not gonna hand them a list of 25 rules and expect them to memorize them,” he told Rosenstein, “...but as long as you’re on time, you’re prepared, you’re accountable and focused on winning, is there really anything else?”