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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/14/19

Yankees will get a preview of Stroman at the Stadium; Red Sox first to hit the trade market; Considering 2020 as well at the deadline; Maybin recovering ahead of schedule

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NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: It’s no secret that the Yankees are in the market for pitching, and they’ve been connected to Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman. The Yankees have faced the right-hander plenty of times thanks to being in the same division, but they will get one last look up close in their series finale Sunday. The Yankees and Jays don’t meet again until after the trade deadline, so expect plenty of scouts to be on hand.

NY Post | Joseph Staszewski: Speaking of the trade deadline, the first move on the pitching market has been made. The Red Sox bolstered the bottom of their rotation by acquiring Orioles pitcher Andrew Cashner. Cashner has rebounded fairly well from an abysmal 2018 where his ERA and FIP were both north of 5, and enables the Sox to use Nathan Eovaldi as their closer when he returns later in the season. Cashner wasn’t on the Yankees’ radar, but the Sox moving early shows that they will remain buyers on the market.

NY Post | Ken Davidoff: A lot of the focus for this deadline has been on improving the Yankees main needs for this season, particularly the starting pitching. There is a case to be made though that the Yankees could opt to look for moves that are more impactful for 2020 and beyond. The Yankees’ future with Dellin Betances remains uncertain thanks to the large amount of time he has missed, and Aroldis Chapman will have an opt-out to consider. Retooling the vaunted bullpen for now and the future could be a pressing matter. | Randy Miller: Cameron Maybin had just survived the roster cut looming above him when the injury bug turned around for him on June 21. The initial diagnosis called for six weeks of healing, but in an unconventional spin on injury updates this season, Maybin appears to be nearly ready earlier than that timeline. Maybin says that he feels “98 percent” back, and wants to begin a rehab assignment as early as next week.