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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/21/2020

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The Yankees add four players to their 40-man roster; DJ LeMahieu perfers NY, but has other suitors; Aroldis Chapman suspension reduced by one game

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MLB.com: The Yankees made several roster decisions on Friday, placing Roansy Contreras, Yoendrys Gomez, Oswald Peraza, and Alexander Vizcaíno onto the 40-man roster. This move predicated the deadline to protect players ahead of the Rule Five Draft, meaning that these four will now be protected and can’t get taken away by other clubs. There’s a host of players who are eligible still, however, so now the wait begins to see if any players will get poached away from the organization.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: DJ LeMahieu reportedly prefers to stay in town in New York, whether that be with the Yankees or Mets, but that doesn’t mean that other teams have thrown in the towel. One other suitor that is emerging is the Nationals, who pursued LeMahieu back when he first became a free agent ahead of the 2019 season. The Nats have a second baseman in Starlin Castro already, but they could utilize LeMahieu’s versatility across the diamond to fit him in if he signed with them.

NY Post | AP: You may have forgotten considering it seemed like MLB themselves forgot about it for a while, but the verdict on Aroldis Chapman’s appealed suspension came in. The Yankees closer will sit out two games now, instead of the original three he has given after blowing a fastball near the head of Mike Brosseau.