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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/9/19

Rob Manfred’s agenda at the Winter Meetings; Yankees maybe table offer to Cole; Clint Frazier as trade bait

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New York Daily News | Bill Madden: It’s Winter Meetings time, and while the Yankees have a lot on their plate this week, so too does the commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred. He faces challenges on multiple fronts, regarding the Astros’ sign stealing scandal, minority hires within baseball, and the coming minor league retraction. Hopefully, in all the bustle, he’ll have time to approve a contract to a certain free agent or two.

CBS Sports | RJ Anderson: Speaking of free agents, let’s talk about Gerrit Cole. The Yankees have reportedly opened the bidding with a record-setting 7-year, $245 million contract offer. The Angels and Dodgers are expected to get in on the sweepstakes as well, but the Yankees have set the bar high on their first salvo. Not to be outdone, Bob Nightengale reports that no formal offer has been extended by the Yankees. | Randy Miller: Here’s your regular Clint Frazier trade speculation. The once and future Yankee could be out of a position while balancing potential with no real MLB track record. MLB teams could still value the potential, and there’s a possibility Arizona in particular would be interested in exchange for left-handed pitcher Robbie Ray, covered here yesterday.