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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/1/20

Yankees “clearest and most present threat” to sign away Molina; Yankees also interested in McCann; Frazier expected to get biggest role yet in majors; Reliving the top five single-season performances at the plate

Wild Card Round - Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics - Game One Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images | Mike Rosenstein: In a QnA session on Monday, Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold offered the opinion that the Yankees are the biggest contender to convince Yadier Molina to move on from the Cardinals. Molina has been connected to the Yankees since the beginning of the offseason, as the long-time Cardinal backstop is seeking a title contender and the Yankees are evaluating their production at catcher. Molina reportedly wants a two-year deal though, which may be the main holdup in negotiations for the 38-year-old veteran.

MLBTR | Steve Adams: While we’re on the subject of catching, Molina isn’t the only option that the Yankees are considering. James McCann has been gathering attention from a host of teams that view him as the second-best catcher on the market, and the immediate fallback option once J.T. Realmuto signs. That the Yankees are in on him and Molina both indicates a low degree of confidence in Gary Sánchez, but nothing has come of it yet.

NY Post | George A. King III: Clint Frazier had one of the biggest improvements in the 2020 season, and it revitalized his standing in the Yankees organization. Nothing is still guaranteed for Frazier, but he figures to slot in at left field to start 2021 and the plan should be to run with him there for the whole year. It isn’t a guarantee that he’ll get every start, but Frazier’s development will only continue in the majors from this point. | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees could compile a list of greatest franchise season performances just off of Babe Ruth alone, but Bryan dug in to who would follow him if he only got to occupy one spot on the list. Some iconic names end up popping up, underscoring just how dominant the Yankees dynasty years truly were.