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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/30/20

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Yankees are temporary offseason winners after Snell deal; examining Andy Pettitte’s Hall of Fame case; looking back at arms traded shortly after winning Cy Young; Doc Gooden speaks.

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New York Post | Dan Martin: There’s plenty that could change and the Yankees have their own work to do this winter, but at least for now, they’re in a better position. The Rays’ trade that sent Blake Snell to the Padres has put a dent in the Tampa Bay team that the Yankees fell short of in both the AL East race and the ALDS. However, what ends up happening with things like the DJ LeMahieu sweepstakes could put a dent right back in their 2021 hopes.

MLB.com: There are several pitchers on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot whose cases are considered “borderline.” In this roundtable, several baseball writers debate these players cases, including Andy Pettitte’s.

MLB.com | Sarah Langs: Snell’s move to the Padres adds to a pretty significant list of pitchers traded two or fewer years after winning a Cy Young. Here is a look back at those instances from. It’s a list the Yankees show up on several times, most of which involve them acquiring the pitcher. They’ve had mixed results in doing so, but they’ve gotten some important pieces over the years.

Tampa Bay Newspapers | Dan Hirshberg: Former Yankee Dwight “Doc” Gooden has had plenty of ups and downs on and off the field over the years. Right now, he seems to be in a better place and recently became a great-grandfather.