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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/10/21

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Kyle Schwarber says there were brief talks with Yankees; Bryan Hoch on Gleyber Torres’s future at shortstop; Nick Nelson could be valuable 2021 bullpen piece

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Chris Carter did his best to haunt Mr. Schwarber
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New York Post | Peter Botte: One popular name often connected to Brian Cashman’s wish list was taken off the free agent board yesterday, as ex-Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Nationals. In his opening press conference, Schwarber confirmed that the Yankees did contact him early on, but nothing came close to materializing. In fact, Marc Carig of The Athletic separately noted that the Yanks never made Schwarber an offer. Even with a crowded outfield/DH situation, it would’ve been fun to see how many dingers the man could’ve crushed to the short porch in 2021, but oh well. It probably wasn’t an ideal situation for him anyway.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: In his latest mailbag, Hoch addressed Gleyber Torres at shortstop, possible Yankees bullpen upgrades, the Francisco Lindor deal’s impact on the DJ LeMahieu sweepstakes, a possible inside track on free agent starter Corey Kluber, and the pitching Baby Bombers’ chances at the 2021 Opening Day roster. For Gleyber in particular, Hoch noted that while Cashman said that Torres reported to “Summer Camp” out of shape and that it likely had an impact on his performance, he’s still working with infield coach Carlos Mendoza on his future at shortstop. It’d be hard to quit on Gleyber’s potential there.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: Nick Nelson was one of the more anonymous contributors to the Yankees bullpen in 2020, pitching just 11 games with a 4.79 ERA. However, one scout said that the 25-year-old could be its breakout star of 2021. The scout likes Nelson’s repertoire even more than Chad Green, and like Green, he could wind up being a valuable bullpen contributor despite his longer history as a starter in the minors.