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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/4/19

One scenario where the Yankees could trade Clint Frazier; Michael Kay out of the YES booth for the next month; Gleyber Torres snubbed from All-Star game; Yankees’ best chance to win the World Series this decade

MLB: Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports | Mike Rosenstein: It’s no secret that the Yankees will try to add a starting pitcher or two before the trade deadline, but who might they give up during the process? Rumors have circulated about Clint Frazier, though the team reportedly won’t trade him for a rental (like Madison Bumgarner). He could be moved if Cashman can shake loose a player under team control for a few years though. | Pete Caldera: Just a day after John Sterling announced he’d be missing a few radio broadcasts due to health issues, Michael Kay announced that he’ll be out of the booth for the next month. He is taking a one-month medical leave to heal from throat surgery to repair a vocal cord issue.

FiveThirtyEight | Neil Paine: This offers an interesting look at just how good the Yankees have been over the course of the 2010s (despite the lack of rings). There is a solid argument that the Bombers are the best team in baseball right now, and according to Paine, this is the best chance they’ve had to win a World Series all decade.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Gleyber Torres did not make the All-Star team, and was overlooked when injury replacements were made on Wednesday too. Manager Aaron Boone was pretty upset that the second baseman was snubbed. “I think it’s a joke he’s not on that team,’’ Boone said before the Yankees faced the Mets at Citi Field. “Gleyber Torres, not an All-Star? You can kick rocks on that one. That’s ridiculous.”