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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/24/23

Digging in on the Yankees’ rotation and options after the Yamamoto sweepstakes; Boone optimistic about Jasson Domínguez’s injury recovery timeline.

Derek Jeter at the Ronald McDonald House to Benefit Children with Cancer - December 21, 2004 Photo by Mike Ehrmann/WireImage | Pete Caldera: It’s no surprise that the Yankees are in a bit of a rotation pickle. The Juan Soto trade got rid of a decent chunk of their depth, and then the team missed out on Yoshinobu Yamamoto. To illustrate that, here’s a look at where the Yankees’ rotation stands as the roster is currently constructed.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Now as a way to try and alleviate that pickle, here’s a look at some of the intriguing options out there for the Yankees to try and fix the rotation. There are still some high profile free agents on the market like Blake Snell or former Yankee Jordan Montgomery. There’s another intriguing NPB option on the market in Shōta Imanaga. There’s the likes of Frankie Montas who could be a good depth piece. Plus, there’s also the option of trades, although those may be a little harder to swing at this point.

In related news, we know now a little more about why the Yankees apparently did not want to match the money total that the Dodgers gave Yamamoto, including them not wanting to top the deal they gave Gerrit Cole a few years back:

SNY | John Flanigan: Finally in some potentially good news, Aaron Boone is optimistic that Jasson Domínguez will return “sooner rather than later” from Tommy John surgery. While the recovery time for TJ for position players is already lesser than for pitchers, Boone is hopeful that he can be on a more normal timeline by the time spring training comes around.