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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/10/19

Red Sox show interest in Zack Wheeler too; CC wants to stick around; Who is to blame for Sonny Gray’s New York struggles?; Rockies players aren’t surprised at LeMahieu’s Bronx success; Stroman likes a tweet

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SNY | Andy Martino: The Mets are starting to listen to trade conversations, and Zack Wheeler is one pitcher they’re likely to move. We all know the Yankees need pitching help, but the Red Sox have expressed interest in Wheeler as well.

New York Daily News | James O’Connell: Pitching in Yankee Stadium can’t be easy. The bright lights and attention are a lot to handle, and not to mention, Yankee Stadium isn’t exactly known as a pitcher-friendly park. Still, Nathan Eovaldi didn’t seem to struggle under the bright lights of the World Series last year, and Sonny Gray is thriving in the homer-prone Great American Ballpark. Could that mean the actual problem isn’t New York but the Yankees’ coaching staff? O’Connell seems to think so.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: I have to admit that I, like many others, had no faith in the DJ LeMahieu signing. Specifically, I thought there was no way he could hit outside of Coors Field. For the first time I can remember, I was wrong, but LeMahieu’s former-Rockies’ teammates saw his success coming from a mile away. There are some pretty good quotes in here, be sure to check it out. | Brendan Kuty: In what is undoubtedly the biggest news of the day, if not the week, Marcus Stroman liked a tweet about him going to the Yankees or Twins. Our friends at Beyond the Box Score posted this story yesterday, arguing the Blue Jays’ righty was the prize of the deadline and Stroman liked (!) their tweet. Honestly, this is a huge non-story, but I will say that it is pretty cool to see that a pitcher of Stroman’s quality seemingly wants the chance to pitch for the Yankees.

CC Sabathia is definitely still retiring. The big lefty is 100% hanging it up after the conclusion of the 2019 season, but he doesn’t want his time with the Yankees to be completely over. Like Carlos Beltran and Andy Pettitte before him, Sabathia has eyes on a front office job.