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Around the Empire - Yankees news: 1/5/24

Snell’s name thrown around in Yankees rumors; YES and MSG Network partnering for “all-in-one direct-to-consumer” venture; Bird rediscovers his love for baseball in Australia: Bader heads to the Mets

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SNY | Andy Martino: The Yankees reportedly want to continue to make moves, with the sense being they will look at the pitching staff (though with the additions of Bubba Thompson and Cody Poteet, they are still addressing depth in general). The name that popped up in multiple reports was Blake Snell, who reportedly has an interest in pitching for the Yankees, though there’s lots of interest in him from around the league. Additionally, the other name that has made its rounds is Jordan Montgomery, although a reunion with him seems far less likely.

New York Post | Andrew Marchand: YES and MSG Networks are reportedly partnering up for a new venture that could lead to a “direct-to-consumer streaming service” where you can watch the Yankees, New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Brooklyn Nets, New Jersey Devils, and New York Islanders all. It’s not a done deal, but all signs point to it happening in the near future.

The Athletic | Brendan Kuty ($): Greg Bird, the former Yankees first baseman and fan favorite of prospect enthusiasts, bounced around MLB and the minors after dealing with a multitude of injuries. He was angry at baseball. However, he found a new love for it in a place one might not expect: Australia.

MLB.com | Joe Trezza & Andrew Simon: It was reported that former Yankees center fielder Harrison Bader signed a deal with the New York Mets. It’s a one-year deal worth a total of $10.5 million, so the former Gold Glove winner gets another stop in New York, just across town.