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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 1/11/21

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DJ LeMahieu reaching back out to other interested teams; Yankees sign Tyler Lyons to minor-league deal; best Yanks not to make the Hall of Fame; Joc Pederson could be a free agent steal.

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Yahoo! Sports | Tim Brown: We have reached the middle of January, and the Yankees still have not re-signed DJ LeMahieu, the team’s best player from the past two seasons. LeMahieu reportedly prefers coming back to New York, but with the Yanks sitting on their hands, the reigning batting champ has reportedly re-engaged with teams that previously showed strong interest, like the Dodgers, Blue Jays, and Mets. If the Yankees don’t bring back LeMahieu after missing out on a Francisco Lindor trade, the fanbase would likely be displeased (to say the least).

NJ.com | Randy Miller: The Yankees made a massive splash for the bullpen over the weekend, signing ... old friend Tyler Lyons to a minor-league deal. Lyons, who already has pinstripe experience, is the 11th player the Yankees have inked to a minor league deal. Maybe the Yankees can build off of this momentum and re-sign DJ LeMahieu!

NJ.com | Randy Miller: More from Miller here, looking back at the greatest Yankees to not make it to the Hall of Fame, including franchise legends like Don Mattingly, Bernie Williams and Thurman Munson. Will Andy Pettitte, on the Hall of Fame ballot this year, find his way off this list? Probably not.

MLB.com | Andrew Simon: The Yankees could use some outfield depth with Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge both having their share of injury-riddled pasts. Does that make Joc Pederson a possibility? The former Dodger rakes against righties, and could be used when righty batters like Judge or Clint Frazier need a rest. The Yankees are highly unlikely to go big in the outfield for a George Springer, so maybe Pederson could make sense.