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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/3/20

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Yankees linked to former Cy Young Award winner; Sánchez sticking around; What it might take to bring LeMahieu back; A look at the Yankees’ top prospects

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NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: The Yankees are among three local teams to have shown interest in former two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox are all in on the veteran righty. Kluber was one of the game’s best starters from 2014-18 with the Indians, but has fallen on hard times after injury troubles. He only pitched one inning in 2020, and the Texas Rangers, who had just acquired him, declined his $18 million club option a few weeks ago. Kluber is a risky bet given that he’s entering his age-35 season and has a lengthy arm injury history, but he could be a good buy-low bet for the Yankees with a potentially high reward.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Not only did Gary Sánchez celebrate his 28th birthday yesterday, but he got the assurance that he’d be sticking with the Yankees. Even after his disastrous 2020 season, the Yankees tendered him a contract. It is probably the right call, as Sánchez likely won’t cost too much and is still among the league’s top offensive catchers over the last few years, despite a precipitous decline. Sánchez is probably on his last chance with the Yankees, but he’ll get that chance in 2021.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: According to insiders, it’s becoming more clear that DJ LeMahieu will re-sign with the Yankees. The question is, for how much? Davidoff consulted five sources, including three on the players’ side and two on the ownership side. The ballpark number? Four years and $88 million. This would make LeMahieu the third-highest-paid second baseman in baseball, behind only Jose Altuve and Robinson Canó (the latter of which is suspended for the entire 2021 MLB season). It seems like a fair valuation, but the Yankees would be wise to flex a little if they must, to ensure that LeMahieu doesn’t skip town.

CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson: The offseason is a great time to review the farm system, and although the Yankees’ top prospects are mostly a few years away, there is some excitement there. Of course, there’s outfield super-prospect Jasson Dominguez, who is still just 18. Deivi García and Clarke Schmidt still made the cutoff of being considered prospects, and are the most MLB-ready ones on the list. Two names to watch? Luis Gil, who is rising in the system and is on the 40-man roster, and Miguel Yajure, who had a cup of coffee with the Yankees in 2020.