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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/22/17

Judge has shoulder surgery; Ohtani will be posted this year; Ohtani highlights; Didi swims with sharks; LOL Mike Francesa

League Championship Series - New York Yankees v Houston Astros - Game Six Photo by Elsa/Getty Images | Ben Weinrib: In the least surprising turn of events ever, it turns out that Aaron Judge had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder for “a loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up.” He is, at least, expected to make a full recovery before spring training. It’s unclear why they Yankees kept this secret and insisted he was healthy, especially when he was often seen icing his shoulder. I also wonder how this could have impacted his MVP-candidacy if voters knew he was hurt during his slump. | Jon Paul Morosi: It’s official. Major League Baseball, the Players’ Association, and Nippon Professional Baseball agreed on a new posting system yesterday that will pave the way for Shohei Ohtani to come to the majors next season. The deal is pending a ratification from MLB owners on December 1st, which should just be a formality. The deal will run through 2021, coinciding with the current CBA, and once posted Ohtani will have a 21-day window to negotiate and sign with any team the Yankees.

Cut4 | Andrew MEARNS: Now that Ohtani is officially coming, it seems like a good time to remind ourselves of what the Yankees may potentially be getting. In his five years playing in NPB, he has a 2.52 ERA, 1.076 WHIP in 543 innings to go with 624 strikeouts. Just go watch the highlights.

Cut4 | Eric Chesterton: In more fun news, Didi Gregorius is having himself an offseason. First he was gifted extra characters for his Twitter and now he was able to cross swimming with sharks off of his list of life goals. This looks fun and all, but alternatively: please stay home and wrap yourself in bubble wrap so nothing bad ever happens to you, Didi!

New York Post | Justin Terranova: In half-I’m-only-including-this because-it’s-the-offseason and half-I’d-include-this-regardless-because-the-thought-is-hilarious news, Mike Francesa was recently asked if he thinks he could manage the Yankees. He, answered the question very seriously and I haven’t stopped laughing. Francesa thinks he would do a good job and he would like to try, but he’s not going to get a chance because he has no experience playing baseball or managing. Well, he’s not wrong.