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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/20/19

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The Yankees could be looking to trade J.A. Happ to create room for Gerrit Cole; Moves on the way ahead of the Rule 5 Draft; Nestor Cortes Jr. breaks down his slider.

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: According to Sherman, an “outside executive” thinks that the Yankees could go after Gerrit Cole if they can clear up some space in their salary. One idea floated was that they could package a decent MLB player like Luis Cessa, or a pitching prospect, with J.A. Happ. Remember when the Yankees traded Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to the Padres? Similar thought here.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees have until Wednesday night at 8 PM Eastern to add the prospects they want to protect from the Rule 5 Draft to their 40-man roster. There’s a pretty good chance that Brian Cashman swings a trade to get some value for a prospect (or two) that they don’t intend to protect before the deadline.

FanGraphs | David Laurila: Nestor Cortes Jr. discusses his slider, a pitch that he added in Rookie ball. The reliever goes over the different changes he has made to his grip, and his struggles trying to use it against left-handed batters. The analytics department is evidently working on a change to his release point.