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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/26/19

Tulowitzki retires after 13 seasons; Severino OK with returning as reliever; Market for Marcus Stroman continues to develop; New York has a chance to bury Boston; Yankees add catcher Navarreto in minor trade.

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Sports Illustrated | Charlotte Carroll: In news that feels like it could have come two years ago, but is nevertheless still disheartening, Troy Tulowitzki announced yesterday that he has retired. The 34-year-old has battled numerous injuries throughout his career and finally, after 13 seasons, five All-Star appearances, and over 40 career WAR, Tulowitzki will step away. His time in pinstripes never really got off the ground, as he recorded two hits in 11 at-bats this season. One of the two hits, at least, was a home run: | Randy Miller: Luis Severino started his throwing program a couple weeks ago, and is still a ways away from returning to the Yankees. The young right-hander did indicate, though, that he was happy with returning to the team as a reliever towards the end of the season, a scenario Brian Cashman indicated was a possibility. That said, Severino added that he hoped to start games by the final week or two of the season, in order to fully transition to the rotation for the playoffs.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The Yankees entered this week’s four-game set with the Red Sox with clear intentions in mind: to bury their rivals and exact revenge. New York hasn’t been in Boston since falling in the ALDS last season, and the interim, the Red Sox won the World Series. Now, the Yankees have a chance to effectively extinguish even the faintest hope of Boston capturing a fourth-straight AL East title, and to gain just a little payback for last October’s divisional-round elimination.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: The market for right-handed starter Marcus Stroman continues to develop, and in a fashion that must make the Blue Jays happy. With Stroman the most likely pitcher to be dealt before the deadline, and with teams like the Giants, Rangers, Mets, and Tigers unsure of to what extent to sell, Toronto can confidently shop Stroman as a (the?) premier arm on the market. Sherman indicates that the suitors for Stroman have increased and that they “believe they now have a floor with which they are comfortable and that bidding can further increase the potential return in the coming days”.

New York Post: In a minor transaction, the Yankees acquired catcher Brian Navarreto from the Twins in exchange for cash. With Gary Sanchez hitting the IL, the move adds just a bit more catching depth in the minors. In seven seasons in Minnesota’s farm system, Navarreto owns a .215/.265/.308 slash line.