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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/13/20

Yankees interested in Yadier Molina; Trevor Bauer insists that beef with Cole is squashed; Domingo Germán set to pitch in Dominican Republic

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New York Post | Dan Martin, Ken Davidoff, Joel Sherman: The Post is reporting that the Yankees have contacted Yadier Molina, which is interesting on many levels. The Yankees wouldn’t have a need for the 38-year-old Molina, unless they moved on from Gary Sánchez. The crew also reports that the Yankees are open to trading Sánchez, although replacing Sánchez with a Molina-Kyle Higashioka tandem likely wouldn’t save much money nor match the potential production. Still, it could be a long offseason of Sánchez trade rumors if the Yankees are in the market for catchers.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer is a... unique person that has as many supporters as he does detractors. Count Gerrit Cole in the latter group, at least at one point. According to Bauer, the beef with Cole has been squashed. They were both starters at UCLA, and their contrasting personalities never got along, including an incident where Cole ripped Bauer in front of his teammates for not following the team’s weight training guidelines. They’ve had a chilly relationship since, but Bauer insists that he’d be fine playing with Cole, as he “just wants to win.” Still, Ackert suggests he’d be a better fit across town with the Mets. | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees could be counting on Domingo Germán in 2021 to be a member of their rotation, and they’ll get their first look at him since September of last year on Sunday. Germán will pitch for Los Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League. Germán was suspended for the end of the 2019 season and all of the 2020 season after domestic violence allegations. Hal Steinbrenner was noncommittal on whether Germán would be brought back or not, but this marks step one in his potential return. Miguel Andújar and Gary Sánchez will also be on Germán’s team this winter.