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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/30/23

Should the Yankees pursue Dylan Cease; the latest on Monty and Snell; which prospect is most likely to break out in 2024

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NJ.com | Manuel Gómez: With Yoshinobu Yamamoto doing the most boring thing possible and joining Shohei Ohtani in Los Angeles, the Yankees still need pitching help. Gómez argues that the Yankees should look into Chicago White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease, who was the Cy Young runner-up just two years ago, but who struggled in 2023. Citing ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel, he notes the relative low financial commitment involved (he’s in his second year of arbitration) — although it would likely cost the Yankees a pretty penny in terms of prospects, and after trading for Juan Soto, the front office might not be too inclined to draw from the farm too much.

MLB Trade Rumors | Nick Deeds: If the Yankees would prefer to look at the free agent market for rotation help, the two biggest names still available are Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery. Both pitchers have already found success in the American League East, although with slightly different profiles: Monty has been the model of consistency, while Snell sandwiched three mediocre seasons between a pair of Cy Young campaigns.

NJ.com | Jimmy Hascup: Every season, a few prospects throughout the league put all the pieces together and put themselves on the map, flying up the prospect ranking boards and forcing their team to consider them in their not-too-distant plans. Within the Yankees organization, that prospect could be Roderick Arias, a 19-year-old shortstop who has not yet played a full season but who, when he first signed with the Yankees as an international amateur, was one of the most hyped players in his free agent class. Might he be this year’s Jackson Chourio? Time will tell — but it would be certainly a great boon for the Yankees if he was.

The Athletic | Jayson Stark: (subscription required) At the end of every December, The Athletic’s Jayson Stark draws the year to a close with his multi-part series, “The Year in Strange But True.” Over the course of five articles, all spread throughout the week, Stark highlighted all the, well, strange things that happened in baseball this year. If you’ve got the time and a subscription to The Athletic, it is worth the read.