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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/25/20

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Charlie Morton signs with the Braves; Yankees don’t seem too inclined to trade Luke Voit; Aaron Boone weighs in on DJ LeMahieu and negotiations to bring him back

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MLB.com | Mark Bowman: Veteran right-hander Charlie Morton committed his short-term future to the Braves, as he signed a one-year, $15 million contract to pitch in Atlanta. Mark Feinsand was the first to announce the news. The Yankees could have used a talented arm like him to fill the 2021 rotation, but the former Rays’ hurler is switching leagues and joining another top team instead. He was excellent in the 2020 playoffs, but struggled with diminished velocity during the regular season and finished with a 4.74 ERA.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: While Luke Voit’s name has been thrown around as a trade piece as the Yankees look for pitching upgrades, the idea of getting rid of him just hasn’t gained traction in the front office, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. The reporter observes that while Voit “is a legitimate middle-of-the-order bat” and his trade value could be substantial, “so is his importance to the Yankees.” He recently told the YES Network that he hasn’t been bothered by hearing his name in rumors, but “he would prefer to remain in New York.”

YES Network | Yankees Hot Stove: Manager Aaron Boone appeared on YES Network’s Yankees Hot Stove on Monday night. There, he defended Gary Sánchez, saying “that he’s been unfairly criticized a lot,” and explained he’s been staying in touch with free agent infielder DJ LeMahieu. “He certainly knows how our organization feels about him. He certainly understands how New York feels about him and our fanbase feels about him. So, we’ll see. I’ve had some contact with him. I just text messaged with him a little bit checking in. I don’t have to say how great it would be to have him back,” the skipper said. Jack Curry of YES hears that LeMahieu is seeking five years in a commitment that could reach $100 million.