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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 12/2/19

Trade scenarios for Clint Frazier; Gerrit Cole’s Yankees rejection put him on the right path; What Scott Boras will say at the Winter Meetings

MLB: Winter Meetings Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports | Randy Miller: There’s a lot of speculation that the Yankees could trade Clint Frazier this offseason, even with Aaron Hicks recovering from Tommy John surgery. While some believe Hicks’ injury could finally give Frazier an opportunity with the Yankees, Brett Gardner is expected back with the team and Mike Tauchman emerged as a better option than Frazier for the fourth outfield spot. Miller highlights four trade possibilities, with three of the four targeting relief pitching as the headliner.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Gerrit Cole is in a dream scenario for MLB players. He’s the best pitcher in the league, and he’s hitting free agency after the best season of his career and one of the best stretches in MLB history. But would Cole be where he is today if he signed with the Yankees in 2008, when they drafted him in the first round of the MLB draft? Probably not. Former UCLA head coach John Savage talks about Cole’s ability to make the right decision time after time, and he suspects it will have a lot to do with his chances of winning and the team around him. That’s good news for the Yankees.

ESPN | Buster Olney (Subscription Required): The MLB hot stove always heats up during the Winter Meetings, which will begin December 8 in San Diego. The media will be eager to speak with Scott Boras–the agent representing Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon–and he’ll be tactical with his prepared statements, using his words as leverage over all 30 MLB teams. Olney dives into what Scott Boras will likely say at the Winter Meetings, and what it will mean for the future of the game’s premium free agents.