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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/28/21

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Judge returns against Rays, while Cessa and Wilson head to Cincinnati; A deeper dive into the Clay Holmes trade; Looking ahead to the Yankees’ trade deadline possibilities; Triple-A coach leaves for college ranks

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ESPN: After missing over a week on the COVID IL, Aaron Judge and Kyle Higashioka returned to the roster for the Yankees on Tuesday night. Judge went straight back into the lineup for the games against the Rays, batting second and playing right field. To make room, the Yankees demoted Estevan Florial and Albert Abreu to Triple-A Scranton (update: they’re already back), and moved starter Michael King to the 60-day injured list. The article also noted that Clint Frazier is seeing a neurologist in Michigan about his vision issues.

MLB Trade Rumors | Anthony Franco: The Yankees made another move after the win on Tuesday, as they sent relievers Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson to the Reds for a player to be named later. The trade seems designed to unload Wilson on Cincinnati with Cessa serving as the perk, as he’s actually had a fine year, and with Hal Steinbrenner still determined to sit under the CBT threshold, the Yankees might use the minor savings to make a trade deadline addition. We had a story late last night when the news broke, so check it out here.

FanGraphs | Eric Longenhagen: Here is a deeper dive into the Yankees trade with the Pirates that brought over Clay Holmes and sent Hoy Park and Diego Castillo to Pittsburgh (or more specifically, their minor league affiliates). While a quick look at Holmes’ stats understandably leads to questions about the deal, but there are reasons to be a bit optimistic from a Yankees’ point of view. Between Holmes’ potential and the yearly 40-man roster crunch this offseason, there are logical reasons why the Yankees might’ve made this deal.

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: While various bits of news have seemingly taken some of the targets off the table, here is a look at the trade deadline as it relates to the Yankees. Considering the Yankees’ current situation, it’s unclear how far they are willing to go, but there are options out there for them.

In other news, Yankees’ Triple-A pitching coach Dustin Glant has been hired away, and is headed to the University of Indiana to coach in the college ranks.