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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/4/2020

Gerrit and Amy Cole support coronavirus relief efforts; Hale released, but still a Yankee; Loaisiga expected to play big role

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NJ.com | Randy Miller: With his new home territory being the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, Gerrit Cole and his wife Amy have made significant donations to support relief efforts within the tri-state area. The donation will be facilitated through their charity and Direct Relief, an organization that provides medical resources to hospitals in the New York area.

CBS Sports | RotoWire Staff: Yesterday, we reported that the Yankees had released David Hale, who was signed to a minor league contract and received an invite to spring training. Technically speaking, that is true — but only as a procedural move, as he was immediately re-signed. The original contract included an opt-out clause that could be triggered four days before the end of spring training. Due to the season’s delay, however, that date no longer makes sense; thus, the two sides negotiated a new contract that moves the opt-out date to five days before the as-yet-undetermined Opening Day.

NJ.com | Joe Giglio: When and if the 2020 season gets underway, the Yankees will have an interesting case with pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga. New Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake noted that the 25-year-old could be used a starter, an opener, or as a “Swiss Army Knife.” Whatever role he’s used in, he projects to fill major innings for the Yankees this year.