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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/8/20

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Astros GM was approached about sign-stealing scheme in September 2016; Mookie Betts trade still in limbo; A lower-profile Yankees prospect to keep an eye on.

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CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: The Astros sign-stealing scandal has taken another turn. In a report published by the Wall Street Journal, it was revealed that an intern approached general manager Jeff Luhnow about a “Codebreaker” scheme in September 2016. The report implicated the team’s front office to a greater extent than was previously established, and casts doubt on the depth on MLB’s investigation, which categorized the effort as "player-driven."

Yahoo Sports | Mike Oz: The Mookie Betts trade is still up in the air, and MLBPA head Tony Clark blasted the teams involved, stating “The events of this last week have unfairly put several Players’ lives in a state of limbo. The unethical leaking of medical information... serve as continued reminders that too often Players are treated as commodities by those running the game.” Hopefully, the situation is resolved soon enough, and the players can figure out just where they’re headed.

ESPN | Sam Miller: Baseball statistics can tell misleading stories. Miller highlights just how we can use particularly-chosen numbers, especially small-sample ones, to tell wild tales, such as the fable of how Yankee Stadium was secretly torn down and replaced after the 2018 season, explaining the park's low home run rate in 2019. | Mike Rosenstein: Rosenstein highlights 23-year-old outfielder Isaiah Pasteur as a lower-profile prospect to keep an eye on. Pasteur apparently has the best speed of any player in the Yankees organization, popping a 6.2-second time in the 60 yard dash. There’s more to being an elite baseball player than speed, but Pasteur at least has one premier tool.