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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/20/21

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Kluber raises the ceiling for the Yankees this season; Reds asked for Gleyber Torres in Castillo talks; Dominguez in top third of prospect rankings despite not playing yet; A-Rod re-signs for Sunday Night Baseball

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FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: When the Yankees signed Corey Kluber to a one-year, $11 million deal, they knew that there was some inherent risk. What mattered more to them, with the confidence that he will be healthy after an offseason of rehabbing with Eric Cressey, is that he can return to being a top pitcher that can be paired with Gerrit Cole in the postseason. The team has a lot of uncertainty built into their rotation, but if they hit on their upside they can be scary come October.

NY Post | Greg Joyce: We know now that the Luis Castillo to the Yankees talks were real, but not nearly as close as some had hoped after reports that the two teams were coming together on a deal. That’s in large part due to the fact that the Reds asked for shortstop Gleyber Torres to be the centerpiece of a package for Castillo, and the Yankees balked at that. It’s debatable whether that would be a wise move or not, but Brian Cashman seems set on holding onto Torres after passing on Fransisco Lindor and retaining DJ LeMahieu.

NY Daily News | Bradford William Davis: Baseball America’s preseason top 100 prospect list came out, and to no surprise Jasson Dominguez leads the way for the Yankees. Dominguez managed to climb up to 33rd on the list, despite still not appearing in a professional game thanks to the shutdown of minor league baseball last season. Now Dominguez will have a chance to get started, and it’ll be interesting to see how far he can rise by the midseason update.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: Alex Rodriguez will be back in the Sunday Night Baseball booth alongside play-by-play man Matt Vasgersian. Booth-Rod will be beginning his fourth season on the mic, beginning in 2018 after getting his broadcast career started as an analyst on FOX — a role that he still holds.