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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/12/21

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Trevor Bauer has demands for his new team; Why Corey Kluber makes sense; Best single-game performances in team history

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New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees haven’t been linked to Trevor Bauer too much, and after hearing his demands for his new team, there may not be a good fit. Bauer said in a YouTube video that he wants a “partnership” with his next team. This would include a say in how often he pitches, what his training looks like, and how to build his “brand.” Bauer also said he doesn’t “want to go back to being miserable playing the game that (he) love(s).” It’s a big ask, and along with his $200 million-plus salary, it’s hard to see the Yankees being the team for him.

NJ.com | Joe Giglio: One other former Cleveland starter could make more sense for the Bombers. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber is still available, and even though he’s not the same hurler that he was even two years ago, he shouldn’t cost too much and could be a classic low-risk, high-reward arm. The Yankees are expected to attend his showcase later this week, and given the team’s self-imposed salary crunch and its need for starting pitching, Kluber seems like a great fit, if healthy.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: In today’s walk down memory lane, MLB.com has a look at the five best individual-game performances in Yankees history. Everyone could probably guess that Reggie Jackson’s historic 1977 World Series performance would top the list, but the other games are worth checking out. Younger fans may remember two of them, but only the most hardcore of Yankees fans will know about the dominant statlines that Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri put up on two games from the 1930s.