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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/27/21

Yankees make offer on Trevor Story; Reliever Clay Holmes heading to New York; Stanton to the outfield; Germán’s near no-hitter; Story and DJ, best of friends

Pittsburgh Pirates v Colorado Rockies Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images The No. 1 conversation around the Yankees this week is going to be Friday’s trade deadline, and the club kicked off Deadline Week with the acquisition of Pirates reliever Clay Holmes. We’ve got our own write-up here, but Holmes is a sinker-slider guy with a touch of upside if he can limit his walks. Hoy Park and Diego Castillo went to Pittsburgh.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Despite Aaron Boone’s claim that Giancarlo Stanton was going to play outfield at Fenway Park last weekend, the Yankees DH was exactly that for the series. Headed to Miami, an NL park this weekend, they won’t have the luxury of a DH. If the team is serious about Stanton being able to play the field at all, expect to see him starting in interleague play.

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: The first two months of the season were dominated by no hitters, with six thrown between April and May. Since then, we’ve seen just one, and while some may attribute that to the league’s crackdown on foreign substances, the rate of near no-hitters has actually stayed consistent month to month. The Yankees own Domingo Germán had one such effort on Sunday afternoon against the Red Sox, and that constant rate hints at both the amount of luck needed for a no-no, and the continued advantage pitching enjoys over hitting. | Brendan Kuty: Trevor Story’s name has been linked to the Yankees in trade rumors for the better part of a year now. DJ LeMahieu, himself a former Rockie, would certainly be open to the team acquiring Story before Friday, as the two were close friends while playing in Denver. Bringing back that double play combination might inject not just skill, but a little bit of light and life into a dugout that sometimes seems to lack that.

Per Jon Heyman, the latest word on the Yankees’ pursuit of Story is that they’ve made an offer to the Rockies, though there’s “no evidence of traction” just yet. The Rockies have until Friday at 4 p.m. EST to decide on a possible deal for Story, and they have to be hoping that the hit by pitch he took to the hand last night isn’t serious.