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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/4/24

Marlins listening on nearly all players, notably Luzardo; BP’s top Yankees prospects; pre-camp to-do list; Bernie playing guitar with NY Philharmonic; beat writers on Stanton

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NJ Advance Media | Manuel Gómez: The Yankees need starting pitching help, and one arm just won’t suffice. They need to add two or three impactful hurlers if they want to give themselves the best chance to compete for a postseason spot. According to MLB insider Jeff Passan, Marlins left-hander Jesús Luzardo might be in play as a trade option, and Gómez speculates that the Yankees (and the Mets) could potentially inquire.

Per Passan, Miami’s new president of baseball operations Peter Bendix “is in listening mode on all of its players except wunderkind right-hander Eury Pérez.”

Fans have to know, however, that any deal involving Luzardo is highly unlikely because he is young (26), great (3.58 ERA with 208 strikeouts in 2023), and cheap (projected salary around $6 million and under control for three more seasons). Estevao discussed him as a potential trade target for us back in December.

Baseball Prospectus | Smith Brickner (subscription required): BP published its yearly preseason analysis of the Yankees farm and its top prospects. The article is behind a paywall but Brickner and the site allows anyone to take a peek at the top 10 guys, plus a quick note on the system. Spencer Jones, Jasson Domínguez and Chase Hampton are the top three, while Henry Lalane and Austin Wells complete the top five. Stay tuned for more from PSA today on Lalane, who was one of the low-minors’ biggest risers in 2023.

New York Post | Greg Joyce: The Yankees have traded for an All-Star outfielder and added some relievers, but despite an unsuccessful $300 million offer to Yoshinobu Yamamoto, their rotation and bullpen need help (especially the former). Joyce notes that bringing in Soto cost the Yankees one member of their rotation (Michael King) and three starting depth options (Randy Vásquez, Jhony Brito, and Drew Thorpe). Right now, there are four names to start games: Gerrit Cole, Carlos Rodón, Nestor Cortes, and Clarke Schmidt. The unit remains a question mark.

Joyce goes over the remaining options for the Yanks to improve their rotation, from Jordan Montgomery to Shōta Imanaga and Dylan Cease (see our linked articles for more on each). He also points out that the bullpen, while theoretically set, could use another arm.

New York Daily News | Peter Sblendorio: From 1991 through 2006, Bernie Williams patrolled the outfield for the Yankees. Besides baseball, it is well-known at this point that music is one of his favorite hobbies and he’s turned it into a second career. It’s extremely cool to learn that Bernie, one of the most well-liked and productive Yankees in the dynasty years, will play the guitar with the New York Philharmonic on April 24th at the Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall.

Way to go, Bernie!

NJ Advance Media: Giancarlo Stanton’s contract and lack of production have become a problem for the Yankees. Combine that with durability issues and it’s a recipe for disaster. Beat writers Randy Miller and Max Goodman and baseball columnist Bob Klapisch discussed the situation at length, including their own takes on Stanton’s 2024 prospects.