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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/2/19

Yankees favorite to sign top prospect Dominguez; Cashman on the hunt for pitching; Improving the London Series

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ESPN | Jeff Passan: It’s July 2nd, and that means teams are free to sign international free agents. The Yankees are the overwhelming favorites to sign top prospect Jasson Dominguez, arguably the most highly-touted international amateur talent ever. Passan lays out everything you need to know about Dominguez, or The Martian. He draws comparisons to Mike Trout and Mickey Mantle, and while I encourage you all to temper expectations over a 16-year-old prospect, that deserves attention.

Newsday | Erik Boland: To the shock of absolutely no one, Brian Cashman is searching for pitching reinforcements. He stayed engaged with rival GMs while in London. Boland relays that prices this early in the month stand at sky-high rates, but this is how deals come together. Interestingly enough, Boland confirms that the Yankees have discussed Madison Bumgarner and are keen on the seemingly unavailable Robbie Ray.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: The London Series proved a resounding success for the Yankees, as the team appeared to bury the Red Sox in the standings. Davidoff has suggestions for improving the viewing experience, however, especially for residents of the United Kingdom. He recommended lowering ticket prices, expanding rosters, and better streaming options.