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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/7/24

The case for a Blake Snell signing in a conundrum; three Yankees eligible for a fourth option year; team makes an assistant hitting coach hire.

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: Reports in recent days have the Yankees somewhat connected to free agent and reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell, with the pitcher himself supposedly somewhat interested. However while he now has two Cy Youngs and a very obvious peak, there’s also a potentially pretty large downside to Snell that makes the case of whether to sign him a debatable one.

MLB Trade Rumors | Nick Deeds: Players typically have three option seasons, in which the major league club they play for can option them down to the minor leagues without exposing them to being claimed by other clubs. However in certain circumstances, some players are eligible for a fourth option season, and it appears three Yankees have have that distinction in 2024. Oswald Peraza, Luis Gil, and Yoendrys Gómez are reportedly eligible for said fourth option season this year, potentially giving the Yankees a little more flexibility when it comes to those three. | Randy Miller: The Yankees have reportedly made another addition to the coaching staff with the hire of Pat Roessler as an assistant hitting coach. Roessler has experience as a full-time lead hitting coach in the majors, with stints with the Expos the Mets. With the Mets, he was the hitting coach from 2015-18, which includes the team’s run to the 2015 World Series. Roessler has also worked in the Yankees’ organization before, as he spent 2005-14 in the team’s player development department.