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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/10/19

Frazier gets back to business in Triple-A; the Yankees’ depth has saved them this season; Domingo German has done the same for the pitching staff; can Tanaka bounce back down the stretch like in 2017?

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New York Times | James Wagner: It may seem on the surface that Clint Frazier is not pleased with his current situation. He probably isn’t, but he at least seems to be taking it in stride, without getting completely down and out about how things are going for him. However, he is undoubtedly eager to get back to New York and the major leagues. | Mike Petriello: If you follow the Yankees closely, or at all, you probably know that a big key to their success this season has been depth and the likes of Gio Urshela, Mike Tauchman, and Cameron Maybin. Very few of the position players who have played for the Yankees this season have put up below average numbers. You can credit that to some sort of scouting prowess, luck, or, most likely, a combination of both.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Domingo German’s gone through some struggles at times, but on the season, he’s been the Yankees’ best pitcher. It’s a fair question to ask where the Yankees would be without him. Yes, the offense has carried the team, but without German, there would be no one they could hand the ball to and be somewhat confident that they’re going to get a quality outing.

New York Post | George A. King III: Masahiro Tanaka has had two below average seasons in his career: back in 2017 and this year. What the Yankees are hoping for is that the end of this one turns out like the end of 2017 for Tanaka. Despite struggling in the regular season, Tanaka allowed just two runs in three starts in the Yankees’ run to game seven of the ALCS that year.

New York Post | Ethan Sears: Despite the trade deadline officially passing over a week ago, the Yankees still managed to go out and make a big pitching deal. That’s overstating things a tad, but the Yankees did get some minor league bullpen depth by going through a loophole and getting a player not on a major league roster, in this case, Joe Mantiply.