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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/29/2020

New York pitching robbed of a potentially historic year; German’s suspension will end in 2020; A-Rod gives his thoughts to the White House

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NY Post | Joel Sherman: Pitching in New York was set to be better than it has been in a long time, with aces in both franchises at their peaks. Sadly, we won’t be getting a full season of Gerrit Cole or Jacob DeGrom this year, and that’s significant because of the contracts that both pitchers are on. Both players are on the other side of 30, and on expensive contracts that predicate their value from the results that they’ll put up front. | Randy Miller: Domingo German’s suspension requires him to sit out the first 63 games of the 2020 season. Questions arose about how that suspension would play out in a shortened season with the potential of baseball not being played, but the answer came in the new agreement that the player’s union and MLB ironed out on Thursday. German will still be expected to sit out 63 games this year, but if there aren’t enough games to satisfy that amount this year the suspension will not carry over into 2021.

NY Daily News | Bradford William Davis: Finally, in a headline that I cannot entirely believe is real still, President Trump reached out to Alex Rodriguez this week for his thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic. A-Rod has been handling a number of business deals since his retirement, but public health guru is definitely a new one.