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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/18/21

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Gerrit Cole not happy with MLB’s handling of foreign substances rule; Mike Ford traded to Rays; Giancarlo Stanton eyeing a return to outfield?; DJ LeMahieu has been hitting better of late.

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ESPN | Marly Rivera: Gerrit Cole is not thrilled with the way MLB has handled the “sticky stuff” controversy and has asked the league to work with them to find a better solution. He said he had a hard time gripping the ball in his Wednesday night start and believes an outright ban on non-rosin substances could lead to more pitcher injuries, among other consequences.

New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees made a move on Thursday, trading Mike Ford to the Rays for cash considerations and a player to be named later. The former undrafted first baseman came up and played well in his debut 2019 season, but has struggled in the chances he’s gotten in the two years since. His escape from New York will now see him explore other places in baseball.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees have been pretty strict with their usage of Giancarlo Stanton this season. That’s been especially evident in the positions he’s played, or rather, the lack thereof. He’s only DHed this season, but according to him, he’s getting prepared to get back into the outfield. With more interleague games in NL parks on the horizon, Stanton is hoping to be able to played the outfield again by early July.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: One of the most notable aspects of the Yankees’ struggles at the plate this season have come from DJ LeMahieu. After two MVP-contending seasons in 2019 and ‘20, LeMahieu has not really looked like the same player so far this year. In recent games, he’s put up some encouraging numbers and has everyone hoping that he’s getting back on track.