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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/3/19

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Cashman frustrated by trade deadline; Seigler shut down for season; Gregorius dealing with strained finger

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WFAN: Brian Cashman made the rounds on the radio circuit yesterday afternoon. He faced a number of questions about the Yankees’ decision to stand pat at the trade deadline. Cashman expressed his frustration with the “sky high” price tags sellers demanded. Evidently he informed his war room that he would only trade top prospects for difference-makers, not someone who would pitch out of the bullpen in the postseason. He also reiterated that Scott Boras never gave him the opportunity to make a final bid for Dallas Keuchel. That just seems like an odd business practice, doesn’t it? The whole interview is worth the listen.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Anthony Seigler, the Yankees’ first-round draft pick in 2018, had a disastrous first-full season in pro ball. The switch-hitting catcher posted a .175/.328/.206 batting line (74 wRC+) over 120 plate appearances for Low-A Charleston. Cashman revealed that Seigler fractured his knee on a foul tip and would get shut down for the rest of the year. The Yankees rave about his makeup, so here’s hoping he can put the year behind him and have a successful 2020.

New York Post | Zach Braziller: As for injuries at the big-league level, Didi Gregorius gave everyone a scare on Wednesday afternoon when he awkwardly landed on his hand while attempting to field a groundball. Manager Aaron Boone kept the shortstop out of Friday’s night game, noting that Gregorius had a strained finger. They’re trying to avoid a trip to the injured list as well. Let’s hope that Sir Didi doesn’t miss much time.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: In positive injury news, Luis Severino nears a key point in his rehab. Boone indicated that the right-hander is scheduled to throw off a mound next Friday. If things go well from there, he would progress to batting practice and then rehab games. The Yankees are depending on Severino to come back healthy, so this marks a crucial step for the club. Cross your fingers!