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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/26/20

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How the Yankees can replace Severino; Cole leads AL Cy Young odds; Aaron Judge injury update

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CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: Now that Luis Severino is out for the year, the Yankees need to fill a massive hole in their rotation. With James Paxton and Domingo German out too, the Yankees will need to dig deep into their organizational depth chart for options. Here, Axisa breaks down some of the candidates, from the expected (Jonathan Loaisiga) to the dark horses (Mike King) to the sleepers (Chad Bettis).

SNY | Coby Green: Well, it wasn’t all bad news for the Yankees’ pitching staff. According to the sportsbook William Hill, the Yankees’ new ace is the favorite for the American League Cy Young award. Not for nothing, but Cole probably should have won it last year after his incendiary performance, but then-teammate Justin Verlander beat him out for the prize. Fellow New Yorker Jacob deGrom has the best odds in the National League, while J.A. Happ clocks in at 250/1 odds in the American League if you’re feeling lucky. | Brendan Kuty: Tuesday’s gone, and there’s still no Aaron Judge in the Yankees’ lineup after right shoulder soreness. Judge has thrown this week but still hasn’t swung a bat yet, although Aaron Boone said he expects Judge to take batting practice before the week is over. He also said that Judge would likely be playing through this in the regular season, but he hasn’t had the requisite build-up to deal with the injury yet, so there isn’t too much to be concerned with about Judge’s injury just yet.