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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 12/1/19

Phillies could target Yankees free agents; Yankees could be a suitor for Blake Treinen; Starling Marte could replace Aaron Hicks.

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CBS Sports | Dayn Perry: As we get deeper and deeper into the offseason, rumors have obviously circulated about free agent signings and/or potential trades. Just recently, rumors came out that the Phillies might be interested in a few Yankees’ free agents. After hiring former Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi, it might make sense for the Phillies to go after a Yankee. It is rumored that they might be interested former Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius, reliever Dellin Betances and backup catcher Austin Romine.

SNY | Garrett Stepien: It was rumored by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal that the Yankees might be a suitor for A’s reliever Blake Treinen. As most already know, the Yankees have one of the most lethal bullpens in baseball. Treinen was one of the best relievers in MLB in 2018, but struggled in 2019. If the Yankees were to make a move for Treinen and could find a way to get him pitching like he did in 2018, it would only make that their bullpen that much more scary. | Randy Miller: Another rumor has started circling that the Pirates are looking to shop their center fielder Starling Marte. With Aaron Hicks out for at least half the season, this could definitely be an interesting option for the Yankees. Marte had a great year in 2019, batting .295 with 23 home runs and 82 RBI and could fill in nicely until Hicks comes back. Even when Hicks returns, Marte could still play, pushing Giancarlo Stanton to the DH position. Marte would certainly let the Yankees maintain their incredible starpower in the outfield.