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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 3/23/19

Red Sox sign Yankee nemesis Chris Sale to extension; The Luke Voit trade now seems like an even bigger steal; Gio Gonzalez progressing quickly.

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Mark Sanchez | NY Post: According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Red Sox have locked up lefty ace Chris Sale for the next five years, extending the soon-to-be 30-year-old for $150 million. Given Sale’s dominance against the Yankees since his days with the White Sox, this isn’t the best of news for Yankees fans, unless Sale’s second-half struggles and injuries are the start of a trend.

Mark Sanchez | NY Post: Also from Sanchez, the Cardinals have designated former Yankee legend Chasen Shreve for assignment, while fellow former Yankee Giovanny Gallegos has struggled in camp for the Cards, posting an ERA of just under 10. As the two pieces of the Luke Voit trade labor through spring, Brian Cashman’s deal for the husky first baseman seems even more like a steal than it did at the end of last season.

Randy Miller | Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild told reporters that Gio Gonzalez is “pretty close to ready right now” on Thursday morning, suggesting that the newly acquired starter has been doing plenty of throwing this offseason, and maybe that new cutter is impressing the coaching staff. Should Gonzalez be ahead of schedule, he could slide in the rotation earlier than expected and spare the team should either Domingo German or Luis Cessa struggle early on.