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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 12/3/23

Who is Drew Thorpe and why do the Padres want him so much?; the Yankees NEED to find a way to snag Soto; the names that the Contemporary Era Committee will be voting on at Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.

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New York Post | Mark W. Sanchez: The Yankees have consistently been around the Juan Soto trade rumors since the offseason began, and as of late, the stove is heating up, with multiple reports from different baseball writers about the potential trade package it would take to pry Soto from the San Diego Padres. The Yankees don’t want to part with Michael King, so a name that keeps coming up is Drew Thorpe. But, who is he? What is his story and why would he be a good fit for the Padres? To sum it up, he might have been the best pitcher in all of minor league baseball last season, and there’s a reason his name is brought up so much.

New York Daily News | Mike Lupica (subscription required): Soto is the second biggest name on the market behind only Shohei Ohtani, and with his left-handed bat, ability to get on base, and his position being in left field, he's a perfect fit for a Yankees team that needs another true threat (and someone who has won a World Series already in his young career). Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner need to do what they can to bring him in. | Bill Ladson: The Winter Meetings are being held in Nashville, Tennessee, this year, and there are plenty of big decisions to be made, including the choices from the Contemporary Era Committee to decide if any of the candidates on an eight-name ballot will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame next July. The names include Cito Gaston, Davey Johnson, Jim Leyland, Ed Montague, Hank Peters, Lou Piniella, Joe West, and Bill White.