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Around the Empire - Yankees news: 6/3/19

Dallas Keuchel’s possible contract; CC Sabathia returns; Gary Sanchez is healthy again; Adam Ottavino was always going to be a Yankee

League Championship Series - Boston Red Sox v Houston Astros - Game Five Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images | Brandon Kuty: By the time you’re reading this, Dallas Keuchel may have made his long-awaited free agency decision. The draft penalty for signing the left-hander expired at 12:01 AM this morning, and Kuty has a couple of ideas about what Keuchel could have made in the offseason, and will make now. We know that the Yankees are very much in on Keuchel, so keep your eyes on the site for the news of his signing, wherever that ends up being.

New York Post | Howie Kussoy: It seems like we are finally at the point where the Yankees are gaining more players off the injured list than they’re losing them. CC Sabathia was activated yesterday afternoon off the IL and made his expected start against the Red Sox in the series finale. With Sabathia back, the Yankees’ rotation looks whole again, and the team for now seems to be stabilized.

ESPN | Coley Harvey: Gary Sanchez has roared back to prominence this year, becoming the most feared hitter in a terrific Yankees lineup. The biggest change for the star catcher this year? His health. Gary’s shoulder, surgically repaired in the offseason, is holding up, and although he did deal with a calf strain earlier this spring, having him on the field consistently has made all the difference.

Boston Globe | Alex Speier: Adam Ottavino has been one of the best parts of the Yankees’ season, continuing his dominance this weekend against the Red Sox. Boston, in need of bullpen help this winter, also pursued Ottavino. Talks never progressed, however, and the next time the right-hander visits the Revered Hall of Doubles, he’ll be sporting pinstripes.