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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/7/19

The Yankees and Cole have been connected for over a decade; Brett Gardner receives an offer from New York; Luke Voit vows to never rush back from injury again; Brian Cashman gets a surprise message while rappelling down a building.

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New York Times | Tyler Kepner: The Yankees have been interested in Gerrit Cole for over a decade now. It all started when they drafted him out of high school in the first round of the 2008 draft. Since then, New York has tried to trade for him, and now they’re trying to sign him to what is expected to be a historic contract. Will Cole finally end up in pinstripes after 11 years? | Mike Rosenstein: The Yankees have been in talks with and have made offers to Brett Gardner in hopes of bringing him back for his 13th season with the team. Gardner isn’t the only Yankees free agent, though. Didi Gregorius, Dellin Betances, and Austin Romine are free agents as well, and their markets could be heating up.

New York Daily News | Bradford William Davis: Luke Voit was a key part of the Yankees’ offense before injuring his core muscle during their trip to London, England. Six weeks ago, the slugger received surgery on his core that he needed a long time ago. Because of that, Voit promises not to rush back from injury ever again.

CBS Sports | Shanna McCarriston: Brian Cashman kept his tradition of rappelling down the Landmark Building in Connecticut going on Friday morning, but this time, he received a surprise message. “Please sign Gerrit Cole” was placed in a window on the 10th floor. It seems as though everyone wants Cole in their stocking this holiday season.