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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/14/21

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Corey Kluber makes impression in showcase, is great fit for the Yankees; Padres like Masahiro Tanaka; costs and benefits of using a six-man rotation; Tommy Lasorda’s brief career as a Yankees farmhand

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ESPN | Jeff Passan via Twitter Corey Kluber impressed scouts of 25 teams in a showcase that took place in Florida on Wednesday. According to Passan, his fastball sat 88-90 miles per hour, not far off the 92-93 he averaged during his best days with the Cleveland Indians, and he also threw other pitches. He still has time to gain more velo as we approach spring training. Joel Sherman wrote that “no team will have a better understanding of his physical condition than the Yankees,” as the mound session was at Cressey Sports Performance. That’s “Cressey” as in Eric Cressey, who is the Yankees’ director of health and performance and also overseeing Kluber’s rehab.

MLB Trade Rumors | Steve Adams The San Diego Padres, just like the New York Mets, just won’t stop. After adding Yu Darvish and Blake Snell in separate trades, they are open to bringing in more talent and are, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, doing “background work” on multiple pitchers, including Masahiro Tanaka. The veteran righty has been with the Yankees for the last seven years, and while he prefers to stay in the Bronx, he could also consider offers from Japan and other MLB teams.

FanGraphs | Ben Clemens Is using a six-man rotation a smart strategy? It depends on too many factors, but Clemens provides a background of the idea and calculates the cost, measured in extra runs, for every team. The approach may be beneficial, health and performance-wise, and it makes sense that several clubs are adopting the idea, such as the Seattle Mariners and the Detroit Tigers, just to name a couple. Could the Yankees consider it?

YES Network | A.J. Herrmann Baseball icon Tommy Lasorda passed away last week, and thousands of fans have fond memories of him. What you probably didn’t know, however, is that he had a brief stint with the New York Yankees! The Kansas City Athletics sent him to the Bombers in 1956 in exchange for right-hander Wally Burnette, and he was a Yankees farmhand from then until 1957. The Dodgers purchased him during their final season in Brooklyn, and the rest is history.