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Around the Empire: Yankees News 11/13/19

A wild Mookie Betts trade proposal; Astros reportedly stole signs during 2017 World Series run that went through Yanks; Cole free agency expected to run through New Year; Improving Gary Sanchez’s defense is still a priority

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The Boston Globe | Peter Abraham: We’d like to start everyone’s day off with a wild trade proposal. Abraham suggests a rare Yankees-Red Sox blockbuster, with Mookie Betts and Jay Groome heading to New York in exchange for Miguel Andujar, Clint Frazier, Luis Gil, and Mike King. Anyway... | Mike Rosenstein: According to a report in The Athletic with help from former pitcher Mike Fiers, the Astros were stealing signs throughout the 2017 season, which concluded with series wins over the Yankees in the ALCS and the Dodgers in the World Series. The report says it’s unclear, or even unlikely, that the sign-stealing process was used during that postseason, but it’s another instance of wrongdoing that many teams, including the Yankees, have suspected of Houston in recent years.

SNY | Andy Martino: And we’re off with the free agency reports! According to Martino’s source, Gerrit Cole will wait until after the New Year to make his free agent decision, while Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon news can come sooner rather than later. Both Strasburg and Cole represent glaring needs for the Yankees, but we will have to see if they decide to open the wallet for either one.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The Yankees have brought on Tanner Swanson as their new catching coordinator, and it could be as a result of lingering concern about Gary Sanchez’s defense behind the plate. The team has stood behind their star backstop, but could feel that his defense needs to improve. Sanchez significantly improved his ability to keep the ball in front of him in 2019, but as a result, his framing numbers noticeably dropped.