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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/26/21

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Gio Urshela activated from COVID IL; Chris Gittens his the shelf with sprained ankle; Joey Gallo might not be available; Byron Buxton, however, might be

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MLB Trade Rumors | TC Zencka: The latest round of reinforcements have begun to arrive, as the Yankees reinstated Gio Urshela from the COVID-related injured list. Unfortunately, in what has become rather common for the Yankees in recent years, the corresponding move was to add a player to the injured list — in this case, Chris Gittens, who turned his ankle Saturday after stepping on a bat. To make room on the 40-man roster, Tim Locastro was transferred to the 60-day IL; he is not expected to return in 2021.

Asbury Park Press | Pete Caldera: Over the last few days, manager Aaron Boone has repeatedly said that Giancarlo Stanton will finally get some innings in the outfield during this past weekend’s series in Boston. Well, to that I say, “Liar, liar, plants for hire!” Thanks to Gittens’ injury, Stanton continued to serve as the designated hitter yesterday, because for some reason those two decisions were related.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: The 2021 Yankees have been desperate for both a lefty bat and offensive production from an outfielder not named Aaron Judge. For obvious reasons, they have thus been linked to Joey Gallo, the All-Star outfielder for the Texas Rangers, and recent reports have indicated that the two teams have at least had some discussions about a potential trade. Despite all the smoke, however, a move may be unlikely, as the Rangers seem to prefer signing Gallo to a long-term extension rather than moving him.

CBS Sports | Matt Snyder: In news that might be of interest to the Yankees, the Minnesota Twins have been unable to ink star centerfield Byron Buxton to an extension, increasing the chances that he will be traded either before the deadline or following the season. Buxton, in his age-27 season, was a top prospect in his youth and was one of the best players in the game to start the season, but as has become a theme throughout his career, injuries have severely limited him. It remains to be seen how much Minnesota will be able to get on the market for him, but players with Buxton’s potential don’t come around often, and it behooves the Yankees to at least do their due diligence.

Other rumors around the league include a pair of starting pitchers, Danny Duffy of the Kansas City Royals and Tyler Anderson of the Pittsburgh Pirates, hitting the market.