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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/31/20

The mechanics of trades in 2020; who are the Yankees looking at?; premier reliever off the board

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Sports Illustrated | Emma Baccellieri: The trade deadline is a complicated time in normal seasons, and the complexity is cranked up in the weirdness of 2020. For team travel directors in particular, the mechanics of moving players around the country in a pandemic introduces an element of risk they’ve never really dealt with before. This is a great look at how trades actually work in baseball, and how much harder it is to move players in 2020.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Yankees have checked in on Arizona, as the Diamondbacks have signaled they’re ready to sell. New York needs a bat, and center fielder Starling Marte could be a piece that helps boost an anemic offense. Marte can field all three outfield positions, has an .850 OPS this season, and the Yankees have made moves like this before, going back to the Andrew McCutchen deal back in 2018.

Baltimore Sun | Jon Meoli: The Yankees also need help in the bullpen, and one of the top names available is off the board. The Baltimore Orioles sent Mychal Givens to the Rockies, netting a prospect package that includes Yankees’ third base coach Phil Nevin’s son. With one less relief arm out there, the job gets a little more difficult for Brian Cashman.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Giancarlo Stanton, off to such a good start in 2020, is likely to miss a heck of a lot more time this year. Manager Aaron Boone reported yesterday that the slugger is taking very light work, an unpleasant update for a team whose bats have been rather quiet over the past two weeks.