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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 11/28/19

Letting Austin Romine walk could be a mistake; Bird elects for free agency; Yankees could really use Gerrit Cole now, but especially in 2021; Hot stove heats up on Thanksgiving eve; A look at the Yankees’ All-Decade Team.

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: Yes, we have more takes on the Gerrit Cole saga. After all, he’s a bonafide star that represents a glaring need for the Yankees, especially after next season, when Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton are free agents. But according to Sherman, executives around the league don’t think Hal Steinbrenner wants to spend the money to get Cole, because you know, reasons.

New York Post | Peter Botte: It’s bye, bye Birdie, as Greg Bird has cleared waivers, denied an outright assignment to Scranton and elected free agency. It’s the end of an overall disappointing era in pinstripes, one filled with injuries and the occasional unforgettable moment, like his bomb off Andrew Miller in the 2017 ALDS.

New York Post | George King III: Cole is the biggest free agent on the market this offseason, but Austin Romine is a close second. Fine, maybe he’s not, but King writes here that should Romine sign elsewhere, it could come back to bite the Yankees given the recent injury problems for Gary Sanchez. That said, Kyle Higashioka seems like he could be a perfectly suitable backup in 2020.

CBS Sports | Matt Snyder: The hot stove kicked up a notch yesterday, with a few notable deals going down. Perhaps most interesting was the trade that sent infielder Luis Urias and left-handed pitcher Eric Lauer to the Brewers, and outfielder Trent Grisham and starter Zach Davies to the Padres.

The Padres were busy, signing reliever Drew Pomeranz to a four-year deal. The Rangers also got on the board, signing starting pitcher Kyle Gibson to a three-year contract. That’s a fair amount of legitimate action on the day before Thanksgiving.

The Athletic | Lindsay Adler: Here’s a bonus link, though you’ll need a subscription to The Athletic to read it. As part of the website’s All-Decade content, we now have the Yankees’ All-Decade Team, which is stacked with the likes of 2017 Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, 2012 Robinson Cano, etc.