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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/20/17

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Matsui expects to be involved in Ohtani recruitment; Matsui hosts baseball clinic; Severino could be next “super ace”

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Ohtani? Consider it done.
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New York Daily News | Nicholas Parco: Up from the depths! Thirty stories high! Breathing fire! His head in the sky! Godzilla! Godzilla! Godzilla! This plays every time Hideki Matsui enters a room, at least I imagine it does. The biggest question of today will be whether or not Shohei Ohtani gets posted, but if he does, Matsui said that he expects he would be involved in the Yankees’ recruitment of him. MLBPA’s deadline for an agreement will expire today unless the sides agree on a revised deal or the deadline is extended.

MLB.com | Deesha Thosar: When he’s not helping the Yankees recruit free agents, Hideki Matsui is hosting baseball clinics through the Matsui 55 Baseball Foundation. Matsui and the kids played baseball for three hours and then Matsui sat around and answered questions from the kids. He said he does these clinics a few times a year and that he just hopes to leave the kids with a lasting experience that would help them keep playing baseball.

ESPN | David Schoenfield: Corey Kluber just beat Chris Sale for the Cy Young Award and finishing in third place behind them was the Yankees’ own Luis Severino. After a rough 2016, Severino had a bounceback that no one expected in 2017 to become one of the best pitchers in baseball. Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg, and Zack Grienke sit among the elite of the elite in baseball, and Severino, along with some other candidates, are primed to join the list of “super aces.”