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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/15/24

Yankees among frontrunners for free agent reliever; White Sox looking for Spencer Jones and Chase Hampton; creating the best football team out of baseball players

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MLB Trade Rumors | Nick Deeds: Even after signing Marcus Stroman late last week, the New York Yankees are still in the market for pitching. With the top of the market for starting pitchers this winter is notably rather flawed — no Gerrit Cole type of surefire ace headlines the group — the Yankees appear to be shifting gears to pursue bullpen help. While Josh Hader seems to be beyond their willingness to pay, former Astros reliever Hector Neris looks to be firmly in their sights: Mark Feinsand of has reported that the Yankees (and Rangers) are “frontrunners” for the right-handed reliever. The acquisition of Neris, who posted a 1.71 ERA last season, would not prevent them from bringing back Wandy Peralta, either, according to Andy Martino.

MLB Trade Rumors | Mark Polishuk: Part of the reason the Yankees may be more inclined to deepen the bullpen instead of adding a veteran starter beyond Stroman might have to do with the prices on the trade market. According to reports, the Chicago White Sox have asked for Chase Hampton and Spencer Jones in exchange for Dylan Cease; after spending a lot of prospect capital — particularly pitching capital — to bring in Juan Soto, the Yankees seem disinclined to acquiesce to Chicago’s request.

ESPN | Kiley McDaniel: With the NFL postseason getting underway this weekend, ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel decided to take some time late last week and consider the best football players from among the former two-sport athletes who chose the baseball diamond over the gridiron. As part of the mental exercise, he crafted two “All-Star teams,” one consisting of AL players and one of NL players. Not surprisingly, the two American League tight ends are Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, two mammoths who had college offers to play D1 football.