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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/26/21

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Yankees send Adam Ottavino to Red Sox; Jameson Taillon is fired up to wear pinstripes; Brett Gardner and Yanks have discussed a reunion; Rakuten Eagles will make an offer to Masahiro Tanaka

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ESPN: The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox agreed on a trade for just the third time in the past 30 years. The Yanks sent relief pitcher and New York native Adam Ottavino (along with minor league pitcher Frank German) to Boston in exchange for a player to be named or cash. The swap was a pure salary dump by the Yankees in order to clear some space for additional moves in order to stay below the luxury tax.

JBallAllen.com | Jim Allen: The Rakuten Eagles will make an offer this week to their former ace, Masahiro Tanaka. As translated by Allen from Sankei Sports, some major league teams have contacted Tanaka, but a return to Japan with Rakuten appears to be the leading scenario. It seems inevitable, but if this is indeed the end of “Tanaka Time” in New York, we want to thank Masahiro for everything he’s done throughout his seven years in pinstripes!

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees traded for Jameson Taillon on Sunday in order to bolster their starting rotation. On Monday, he met with Yankees reporters to talk about his move to the Big Apple. “Overnight, I went from a rebuilding organization to a team like the Yankees, where I’m stepping in and the only thing they care about is to win,” Taillon said. “That has kind of lit a fire under me, so I’m extremely excited to throw, excited to build up for spring training.”

MLB Trade Rumors | Steve Adams: With the departure of Ottavino and his contract, the Yankees now have some more wiggle room to make more additions, or in other words, retain veteran Brett Gardner. The Yankees recently “rekindled” their discussions about a reunion with Gardy, and most people expect a deal to eventually be reached. Re-signing Gardner most likely wouldn’t cost more than a few million dollars, and the Yankees seem likely to be able to find a way to stay south of the threshold if that indeed remains an ownership goal.