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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/12/23

Yankees met with Yamamoto; potential singing of pitcher would add some high ceiling youth to the roster; Yankees make swap with Dodgers.

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SNY | Andy Martino: After last week’s trade bonanza, the Yankees’ focus has seemingly shifted to their pursuit of pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Monday saw the team meet with the Japanese star, with a group that included Hal Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, Aaron Boone, and Matt Blake. Reports are that the team are optimistic following the meeting.

New York Daily News | Gary Phillips: In addition to his talent as a pitcher, the Yankees’ potential acquisition of Yamamoto would add some more youth into a Yankees’ team that’s occasionally looked a bit past it in recent years. The 25-year-old pitcher has accomplished an incredible amount in NPB, but would still be the youngest pitcher in the Yankees’ rotation should he sign with the team.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: We originally got reports of the Yankees/Dodgers trade on Sunday, but in case you missed it, yesterday saw us get the final details. With the Dodgers looking to clear up 40-man roster space for Shohei Ohtani and other offseason acquisitions, they sent pitcher Victor González and infielder Jorbit Vivas to the Yankees in exchange for former first-round draft pick Trey Sweeney. González will help fill the void in the pitching depth front after that took a bit of a hit in the Juan Soto trade, while Vivas is a decently rated infield prospect who reached Triple-A last season.