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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/5/20

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Boston deals Betts, Price in blockbuster; Bird signs with Rangers; Yankees get dragged into sign-stealing drama; Betances thanks Bombers again

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Los Angeles Times | Mike DiGiovanna: In the mother of all blockbusters, the Red Sox have traded outfielder Mookie Betts and left-handed pitcher David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a three-team deal. The Dodgers are sending right-hander Kenta Maeda to the Minnesota Twins, while the Red Sox pick up Alex Verdugo and Brusdar Graterol. Jake will have more on this later, but yikes. Verdugo and Graterol are fine, but Boston basically salary dumped their best player. I need an Advil.

New York Post | George A. King III: Yankees fans wondering what the future holds for Greg Bird need not wait any longer. The 27-year-old signed a minor-league deal with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, complete with an invitation to spring training. According to Levi Weaver, the first baseman will earn a $1.5 million base salary if he makes the team. Bird had a tumultuous career in pinstripes, vacillating between flashes of brilliance and long stints on the injured list. Over parts of four seasons, he hit .211/.301/.424 with 32 home runs (96 wRC+). At least we’ll always have the 2015 stretch run and the ALDS homer off Andrew Miller.

SNY | Andy Martino: Peter Gamons caused a ruckus in the baseball world yesterday. The veteran sportswriter relayed a story from Chris Young, where the outfielder claimed to introduce Apple Watch sign stealing with the Red Sox after learning it from the Yankees. Gammons eventually retracted the story, and Martino provides a comprehensive overview of the 2017 mini-scandal. The Yankees received a fine for an instance of using the dugout phone to ask about balls and strikes, but that’s the extent of the punishment. Good grief, let’s get to spring training and over these scandals.

New York Daily News | Sarah Valenzuela: Dellin Betances signed with the Mets on Christmas Eve. He still has plenty of good things to say about the Yankees. In an Instagram post, the reliever thanked the organization for drafting and developing him, plus the fans for supporting him throughout his career. Nothing but love for Betances here!