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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 8/22/19

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Aroldis Chapman has a tough decision to make at the end of the year; Deivi Garcia is getting shifted to the bullpen; Miguel Yajure is a name you need to get familiar with; Aaron Judge makes a young fan’s experience at the ball park unforgettable

SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Yankees All-star closer Aroldis Chapman has a tough decision looming. From here on out, he will have to decide whether or not he wants to leave a perennial championship contender in the Bronx. Ultimately, the Yankees have leverage. They have a plethora of top arms in their pen that teams would clamor for. Chapman was traded to the Cubs during the trade deadline and quickly re-signed with the Yankees even after winning a world series title. His love for NY was evident then and still hasn't changed now, but don't be surprised if a dominant postseason performance isn't followed up with an opt-out for larger monetary compensation.

New York Post | Mark Fischer: Yankees top pitching prospect Deivi Garcia is officially throwing out of the bullpen. The big league club hasn't fully announced that Garcia will be cracking the club’s roster down the stretch, but all moves indicate that there is a strong chance we may see him in the Bronx sooner rather than later. With the notable rotation struggles, it would be a great way for the Yankees to introduce their young top prospect to the big leagues by getting him some action during the conclusion of the regular season before the Yankees embark on a postseason with eyes on their 28th title in franchise history.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees have another top pitching prospect in the shadows. His name? Miguel Yajure. Yajure is a 21-year-old righty who has been extremely impressive down in High-A Tampa this season, clocking in at 97 mph and posting a 2.15 ERA and an 8-6 record over 17 starts and 21 games. He's obviously a long way from the majors and won’t see the big league club for a couple years, but it’s heartening to see another young arm developing. Finding a way to retain Yajure’s services and keep him from getting swiped in the Rule-5 draft should be at the top of the Yankees’ priority list.

MLB.com | Adrian Garro: Here’s a feel-good story featuring Aaron Judge. The gentle giant once again made a young fan’s day by signing autographs and posing for pictures with Kellen Wilson. Wilson’s father Kyle Wilson passed away last October at the age of 36 years old. Kyle played college baseball at Fresno State, where Judge was a star outfielder. Judge sent a jersey to the younger Wilson back in December, and followed that up with a 467-foot blast to left center (his first home run in that direction this season) as the Yankees would go on to lose to the Oakland A’s 6-2.