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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/3/19

Rangers considering Andujar; Moustakas signing virtually eliminates Reds from the Gregorius sweepstakes; Yankees tender contracts to every player on the 40-man roster; team executive recognized by Baseball America

MLB: Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports | Mike Rosenstein It is no secret that the Yankees have entertained the possibility of trading their prized young infielder Miguel Andujar, who missed most of 2019 with a shoulder injury. Recent reports are suggesting that the Texas Rangers, a team that may be two or three pieces short of contending for a Wild Card spot, are interested in the Dominican third baseman. The Rangers are said to be coveting Anthony Rendon via free agency, but if they manage to acquire Andujar, they may spend that money on starting pitching instead. | Randy Miller The Reds are in agreement with 2B/3B Mike Moustakas on a four-year, $64 million pact. According to the report, they will play Freddy Galvis at shortstop and their newest signing will take over the keystone, virtually eliminating Cincinnati from the Didi Gregorius sweepstakes. As the report suggests, the race may now be down to the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees, although the Bombers’ level of interest remains unclear to this point.

New York Daily News | Bradford William Davis The Yankees chose to tender contracts to all arbitration-eligible players, which wasn’t a surprise. Among those are Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, James Paxton, Gio Urshela, Chad Green, Luis Cessa, Jordan Montgomery, and Jonathan Holder. The information was revealed in the evening by the team’s PR department via Twitter. Some of the most notable names that were let go by other teams are Addison Russell, CJ Cron, and Blake Treinen.

New York Daily News | Bradford William Davis Yankees assistant general manager Jean Afterman will receive the Trailblazer of the Year award from Baseball America. “If I am a trailblazer, I hope I have blazed a trail others will follow,” said Afterman of receiving the recognition. “I hope a lot more women will work in baseball operations.” Hal Steinbrenner said that she is “essential” to the ballclub.