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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/29/19

Yankees’ interest in Bauer increasing; Blue Jays reportedly demanded Torres in Stroman talks; Zack Britton purchased a high-speed camera; LeMahieu and Urshela dodge serious injuries

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees are looking for starting pitching, as they should. After the Mets snatched away Marcus Stroman to aid them in their eternal quest for third place, Trevor Bauer is now reportedly high among the Yankees’ priorities. According to reports, the Yankees and Astros have repeatedly asked Cleveland about the right-hander’s availability. Although Bauer’s numbers are not what they were in 2018, the analytical pitcher would still be a boon for the Yankees’ rotation. Let’s just hope he doesn’t launch any more balls into center field; his HR/9 is already pretty iffy as it is.

Yahoo Sports Canada | Steve Psihogios: Marcus Stroman is now a New York Met. However, Yankee fans might not need to feel so disappointed that a deal didn’t materialize. According to this report, the Blue Jays demanded Gleyber Torres in return for the groundballer’s services. Stroman is a good young pitcher, but the Yankees obviously can’t afford to part with their youngest and most valuable major league asset.

New York Post | Dan Martin: DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela have saved the Yankees from their injury woes this season. Of course, the universe being cruelly indifferent to human design and desires, both players had injury scares during the current series with Boston. Fortunately, both of them have seemed to avoid major injuries, with LeMahieu day-to-day and Urshela inserted into the lineup in Sunday’s contest. What a relief.

FanGraphs | David Laurila: In which it is revealed that Zach Britton has purchased an Edgertronic, a high-speed camera utilized by the tech-savvy in baseball to better understand pitch grips, pitch design, spin, and more. Britton credits his teammate Adam Ottavino, known for his tech-aided self-transformation into a dominant reliever, for piquing his interest in the technology. I, for one, await the day when such technology can alleviate both Britton and Ottavino’s walk problems.