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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/12/19

Garcia makes Law’s top 50; Indians may have interest in Frazier; Joe Girardi almost ended up in LA

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SNY | Danny Abriano: The Yankees’ top pitching prospect, 20-year-old Deivi Garcia, continues to get national hype. He’s the only Yankee listed on ESPN prospect guru Keith Law’s top 50 prospects list, coming in at number 29. Law mentions Garcia’s deceptive delivery and a mid-90s fastball that sneaks up on hitters as Garcia’s biggest strengths, while his size is his biggest concern. | Mike Rosenstein: It’s no secret that the Yankees are dangling outfielder Clint Frazier as trade bait for a top-tier pitcher, and one interesting rumor has him surfacing in a potential package for Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer. The Indians, of course, were the team that originally drafted Frazier before trading him to the Yankees. We don’t even know if Frazier would be enough to acquire Bauer, but it sure is an intriguing possibility.

New York Post | Jared Schwartz: Finally, let’s file this one under “what could have been.” Ex-Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said on Jon Heyman and Josh Lewin’s podcast that former Yankees manager Joe Girardi was very nearly named the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers after the 2007 season. Colletti says that the terms were just about agreed upon when Joe Torre was let go in New York. At that point, Girardi pivoted to New York, Torre ended up in LA, and the Yankees got the sixth-winningest manager in team history.