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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/18/19

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MLB found evidence of whistling after Yankees’ complaints; What would it take to pry away Lindor or Kluber from the Indians?; former Yankee to be considered for the Mets’ pitching coach position

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Yahoo! Sports | Liz Roscher According to reports, MLB investigators confirmed that whistling was heard during ALCS Game 1 against the Yankees. However, they weren’t able to spot the source of the whistling. This is the third type of sign-stealing accusations the Astros have, allegedly, been involved with since 2017. That includes the trash can lid banging and the use of video footage to capture and decode opposing team’s communications. The latter purportedly involves emails sent to scouts by executives.

NJ.com | Randy Miller How much would it cost the Yankees to trade for Francisco Lindor or Corey Kluber? Well, the former would be very expensive, as the Indians would probably ask for Gleyber Torres and an elite pitching prospect. As the Bombers certainly aren’t making that deal, they may shift their focus to the former Cy Young winner, who is on an affordable contract but had a lost year in 2019 due to injury and ineffectiveness. He may be easier to acquire, and the Cleveland Indians reportedly like Miguel Andujar and Deivi García. Adding Jordan Montgomery may prompt a positive answer from Cleveland, but it is unclear if the Yankees would be interested in such a deal.

NY Post | Joel Sherman A former Yankee, Steve Karsay, is reportedly being considered for the pitching coach job of the New York Mets. In fact, the Post informs that he will be interviewed for the position. Karsay was the bullpen coach for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019 and was involved with the Cleveland Indians from 2012 to 2018.