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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/19/20

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A rundown of other pitching options available via trade; Yankees talked with Cleveland about Lindor; the best pitching performances in franchise history; former Yankee passes away.

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Luis Castillo rumors came and went, and at least as of now, it seems unlikely that he will be a Yankee. However, there are still some intriguing names out there, if the Yankees decide to try and upgrade the pitching via trade.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: For parts of the offseason, the Yankees were connected to Francisco Lindor and a trade with Cleveland. It didn’t come to fruition, as Lindor went to the Mets and the Yankees re-signed DJ LeMahieu. However, there were very initial talks between the Yankees and Cleveland. The Yankees never made a formal offer, but it wasn’t just complete paper talk.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: The are few things in baseball better to watch then when a pitcher is locked in. As Yankee fans, we’ve been lucky to see some great ones over the years. Here is a list of the five best in Yankees’ history according to the writers, including some you might describe as “perfect.”

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: Former Yankee Pedro González recently passed away at the age of 83. González was a Yankee from 1963-65, playing all over the field in his 101 games with the team. They traded him to Cleveland in midseason 1965.