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Team news (such as it is...)

[] This Yankees-Diamondbacks Trade for Robbie Ray Could Actually Work - To say the New York Yankees are in need of some help in the starting rotation would be a gross understatement. James Paxton's status is up in the air and Luis Severino is out for the season, leaving the Yankees searching for someone to shore up the staff. Whether or not that additional arm comes from within the organization remains to be seen, but they could re-up their pursuit of one veteran lefty in 2020.

[Arizona Sports] D-backs' Luis Gonzalez not a stranger to sports being put on hold - Gonzalez said he “absolutely” agrees with the decision MLB made to suspend play, after which point team owner Ken Kendrick and CEO Derrick Hall spoke with the team. MLB followed suit with both the NBA and NHL after Utah Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for coronavirus. The Diamondbacks were set to begin their regular season on March 26. “I think after you saw the other major sports do what they’ve been doing, it just came down to health and safety for everyone is more important than playing a game,” Gonzalez said.

[La Vida Baseball] The Diamondbacks Are All About The Latinx Community - Jerry Romo is the Sr. Manager of Hispanic Marketing for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He joined La Vida Baseball to talk about some of the great initiatives that the Dbacks are rolling out this season. The Diamondbacks have a genuine dedication to the Latinx community and it shows in their planning. Low rider shows, games in Mexico City, and Selena tribute bands are all part of the Diamondbacks plan to celebrate Hispanic Heritage throughout the season.

And, elsewhere...

[ForTheWin] Trevor Bauer, MLB players made Astros jokes during sandlot game - With this unprecedented void in the sports world, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer decided to put together a sandlot-style pickup game for MLB players in Arizona. And the idea generated plenty of interest around the Cactus League. On Saturday, Bauer got his fellow MLB players together for the pickup game — which appeared to be played with plastic bats and no fans (remember: social distancing!). But amid this tough time for sports fans, the baseball players still found time to roast the Houston Astros. And for that, we are grateful.

[USA Today] MLB's coronavirus shutdown continues: Could season be pushed back several months? - Several players told USA TODAY Sports that they plan to stay at their spring-training facilities only until their lease expires in the next week, and then will go home or travel to the home city of their club, awaiting further word. Commissioner Rob Manfred and union chief Tony Clark met over the weekend in Phoenix to determine whether players will be paid. They will continue to receive all medical coverage until at least opening day. The scheduling, whether they will even attempt to play regular-season games at the back end of the schedule into October, remains in flux.

[LA Times] MLB June amateur draft uncertain with college and high school baseball canceled - This year’s draft is scheduled for June 10-12, but MLB, still sorting through the unprecedented circumstances, recently acknowledged in a memo to clubs that it will be different in some way, according to people who have seen the document. How different, exactly, is the looming question. A few club officials across the majors believe the 40-round draft will be cut short — perhaps to 30 rounds — and undoubtedly postponed. “For me, personally, it makes sense to push the draft back until at least July,” a high-ranking executive with one major league club said.