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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/26/19

Yankees could try to trade for Giles; How the Yankees’ bullpen looks without Betances; Paxton on the Cole signing

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees apparently have their eyes set on Brewers relief ace Josh Hader. If they can’t work out a deal for him, perhaps they will revisit a former trade target. Kuty finds Blue Jays closer Ken Giles an attractive alternate. The Bombers reportedly came close to landing the 25-year-old at the trade deadline last year, but they couldn’t get a deal done. The right-hander pitched to a 1.87 ERA (2.27 FIP) with a 14.09 K/9 across 53 innings in 2019.

Sports Illustrated | Max Goodman: When Dellin Betances signed with the Mets on Christmas Eve, the Yankees lost a key contributor to their bullpen. That said, the team’s relief staff is no worse for wear in 2020. The endgame trio of Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman remains as formidable as any. Add in Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle, and that’s a top-notch relief crew. | Brendan Kuty: James Paxton has no problem with making way for Gerrit Cole. He welcomes the new Yankees ace with open arms. “I heard the rumblings,” he said of the rumors. “I was excited about it. I know Gerrit from quite a few years ago, we spent some time together. Obviously, the best pitcher on the planet, and I’m really excited to learn from him and pitch with him as well.”