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Around the Empire - Yankees news: 9/25/20

Schmidt gets to start; Cashman addresses Mets speculation; How teams historically valued players

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Yankees reportedly plan to call up top pitching prospect Clarke Schmidt for a spot start on Sunday. On the surface, this looks like a way to keep the postseason rotation on schedule, but Sherman thinks it could mean more. He believes that the outing could serve as an audition for a place on the postseason roster. Schmidt, 24, pitched 2.1 innings with the big-league team earlier this season, where he allowed two earned runs and struck out three batters. | Brendan Kuty: For the last week or so, speculation floated around the baseball world that Steve Cohen, set to purchase the Mets, should make a splash by stealing Brian Cashman away from the Yankees. The idea first surfaced on a podcast with Karl Ravech on ESPN. Cashman himself appeared on Jon Heyman’s podcast and confirmed he heard the idea, and that while flattering, isn’t anything based in reality. ““It was a really nice compliment, I can say that,” the longtime GM explained.

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: How much is a player worth? What is the exact value he offers? These are some of the questions that fans, sabermetricians, and front-office executives have debated decades. While WAR (wins above replacement) is an accepted benchmark now, that wasn’t always the case. Lindbergh traces the intellectual history behind player value in this lengthy, but important article. He gets bonus points for the Phil Rizzuto section.