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Around the Empire - Yankees News: 6/14/19

Yankees eyeing bullpen help; why Matthew Boyd could work in the Bronx; injured sluggers to help lineup soon; the journey of a third-round pick; Yankees trade Brad Miller to Phillies.

Miami Marlins v Detroit Tigers Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: The trade market is starting to warm up now that the MLB Draft is over. While the Yankees have an obvious need for starting pitching, Brian Cashman has also looked into relief help - if you can’t get starting help, you might as well reinforce the best element of the team. | Mike Rosenstein: If the Yankees DO decide to pursue starting pitching instead of bullpen arms, Tigers starter Matt Boyd would be among the top options for the team to target. Boyd is under three more years of team control and is boasting a 3.08 ERA, 2.91 FIP and A career best K-BB% that indicates this year might be the real deal. He’d also be the most expensive trade option on the market, but there could be a path for the Yankees to snag him.

CBS New York: Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are well on their way to recovery, and the team expects the sluggers to rejoin the team during the next homestand, hopefully in time for huge series against Tampa and Houston. The Yankee offense could get a major boost, but there’s still a lot of gray area around help for the pitching staff - reinforced in the above links.

CBC News | Michael Gorman: Jake Sanford was the Yankees’ third round pick out of Western Kentucky University, but his story is not one you’ve heard before. The star outfielder grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, he had no college scholarship offers after high school, forcing him to walk on at McCook Community College in Nebraska. From there, Sanford’s determination and talent shone through, and for now at least he’s a pro ballplayer. What a long, strange trip.

North Jersey: In a small bit of depth news, the Yankees traded minor-league infielder Brad Miller to the Phillies for cash considerations. Miller didn’t appear with the Yankees after getting cut by Cleveland earlier in the year. He did hit a robust .294/.399/.596 in Triple-A, so perhaps he can get a little run in Philadelphia after getting blocked by a glut of infielders in New York.

Also of note: if you missed it, the Yankees suffered another injury yesterday, placing Kendrys Morales on the IL with a strained left calf. They recalled outfielder Mike Tauchman from Triple-A to take Morales’ place. The Yankees’ injury bug clearly isn’t confined just to star-caliber players.