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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/24/21

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Yankees are the frontrunners for Jameson Taillon; Yasiel Puig remains a possibility for the Yankees; J.A. Happ wishes the Yankees well; Sterling recalls conversation with Hank Aaron

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MLB Trade Rumors | TC Zencka: The Pirates have been one of the biggest sellers of the offseason, trading away Joe Musgrove and Josh Bell already, and Jameson Taillon appears to be next on the block. The Yankees are in on Taillon, who has had multiple Tommy John surgeries over his career, and according to Mark Feinsand are currently the frontrunners to get the former second overall pick from the 2010 draft. It’s not a done deal, as other teams remain involved, but things could get wrapped up by this weekend.

The Athletic | Jim Bowden (via Twitter): Outfielder Yasiel Puig, currently without a team, remains a possibility for the Yankees, according to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden. The writer tweeted that the Kansas City Royals and the Miami Marlins are also potential destinations for the controversial slugger. The 30-year-old didn’t play in 2020, but has a .277/.348/.475 career line with a 124 wRC+.

New York Post | Dan Martin: During his introductory press conference, the newest member of the Minnesota Twins, J.A. Happ, analyzed his 2020 season with the Yankees. He didn’t take any shots at the organization, and explained that he felt he had gotten back to where he’d been over the past five or six seasons. He also wished his former teammates well, but wanted to move on and look ahead to his tenure with the Twins.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: People around the league have been mourning Hank Aaron’s passing, and John Sterling shared his experience with the former home run king. Sterling was a relatively inexperienced broadcaster when he joined Atlanta’s booth for the 1982 season, and Aaron helped calm him down and get settled into the role.