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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/13/19

Cashman hunting for starting pitching; Diamondbacks scouting Yankees’ system; Garcia could pitch in the majors this season; German key to team’s success; Valera optioned ahead of Voit’s return

photo by Roland Harrison/Action Plus via Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: Brian Cashman is never far from his phone. This time of year, however, it appears surgically attached to his hands. The Yankees GM reminded reporters that he spent most of the London Series engaged in trade talks, and those efforts didn’t stop when he returned stateside. He keeps trying to reel in a starting pitcher before the July 31 deadline. If he can’t wrestle one loose, he’s prepared to pounce on the bullpen market as well. I wonder what GIFs Cash uses these days.

New York Post | Dan Martin: On the subject of trade talks, the Diamondbacks have had Tim Wilken, a special assistant to GM Mike Hazen, on hand in Tampa scouting the High-A Tarpons. The Yankees reportedly like Robbie Ray, so it’s not difficult to connect some dots. Personally, I say save the prospects and absorb Zack Greinke’s entire contract. That’s just me though. | Pete Caldera: Deivi Garcia recently earned a promotion to the Triple-A RailRiders, but his stay in Scranton may be short lived. During a radio spot yesterday, Cashman confirmed that the 20-year-old could pitch in the big leagues down the stretch. He also ruled out the possibility of using him as a trade chip for a rental player. It’s quite possible that Garcia maxes out his innings while pitching in a relief role for the Yankees. That would be fun!

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: With all the talk of adding a pitcher—whether at the trade deadline or through a promotion—it’s easy to overlook the recent return of Domingo German. His performance last night, however, will serve as a wakeup call. He pitched six innings of three-hit ball against the Blue Jays, picking up seven strikeouts along the way. His curveball in particular devastated hitters. German put on a show with that pitch. The 26-year-old’s breakout has been one of the best stories of the season.

We have a roster move to take care of, as the Yankees optioned Breyvic Valera back to Triple-A. This makes room for Luke Voit who is expected to be activated for this afternoon’s game.

And last but not least, but there’s another return worth addressing...

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They’re back! All is right in the Yankees Universe.