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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/22/21

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Yankees sign familiar AL East starter to minor league deal; Why Kluber said no to Red Sox, Where the Yankees stand in the AL East

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SNY | Scott Thompson: The Yankees have signed a familiar pitcher from the AL East to a non-guaranteed, minor league contract. Former Oriole Asher Wojciechowski has been invited to spring training by the Bombers, who know Wojciechowski quite well. A 2010 first-round pick, Wojciechowski has faced the Yankees four times, going 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA in those games. He has made 23 starts the last two years, and with the deal being non-guaranteed, it’s a no-risk move for the Yankees to get some pitching depth. | Mike Rosenstein: Corey Kluber had plenty of suitors this winter, but chose the Yankees in the end. Apparently, he was close to a deal with the rival Red Sox, but the Yankees’ contract structure appealed to him more. Kluber wanted a one-year deal, while the Red Sox preferred to add a team option for 2022. The Yankees gave Kluber what he was looking for, and now he’ll get to punish the Red Sox a few times this year on the mound in one of baseball’s best rivalries.

SNY | John Harper: The Yankees have finally made some moves, but so has the rest of the AL East. Harper reviews the rest of the division in this piece, but still believes the Yankees are best-suited for success. Although the Rays have lost some pitching, they’re still an incredibly well-run organization that’s had the Yankees’ number, and the Blue Jays look better, but are still young and may need some more pitching. With the Orioles and Red Sox looking like non-factors, the Yankees still appear to be in the best shape in the division.