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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/1/17

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A-Rod for manager; 2017 All Out-of-Position Team; Laird praises Ohtani; Florial impressing as a player and person; Romine could be non-tendered

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Beyond the Box Score | Merritt Rohlfing: The Yankees have cast a wide net in their manager search. It might just be the most randomly collection of names ever assembled. Probably not, but maybe! Anyway, one candidate that hasn’t gotten an interview yet is Alex Rodriguez. According to many he’d make a great manager and he checks off many of the boxes Brian Cashman is seemingly looking for. Plus J-Lo agrees. How great would Manager-Rod be?

Cut4 | Andrew MEARNS: Ah yes, the offseason. A time when we get to look at the season coming up and review the season behind. Part of that is Andrew Mearns’ (of “MEARNS!!!!” fame) annual All Out-of-Position Team. This year’s list includes two Yankees. One that no one will ever forget in Bryan Mitchell playing first and the other is Chase Headley as a second baseman. I’m still shocked Tyler Clippard didn’t make the cut as a pitcher.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Ah yes, the offseason. A time when things Brandon Laird says become news. Yankee legend Brandon Laird, of Brandon Laird fame, didn’t quite make it as a major leaguer but his baseball career didn’t end there. He’s been playing for the Nippon-Ham Fighters the last three years as a teammate of Shohei Ohtani’s. Laird says Ohtani has the talent to hit and pitch in the majors, referring to him as a potential “superstar” and comparing his bat to Bryce Harper and Mike Trout.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Estevan Florial has been making waves and impressing for a few months now and the rave reviews just haven’t stopped. Not only has the Yankees’ #3 overall prospect per MLB Pipeline earned a reputation as a player who can do it all but also as a “wonderful human being.” Florial’s been spending his evenings with Albert Abreu and Thairo Estrada cooking for them and giving the young players a little taste of home while they’re away.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Right, let’s get back to this. Ah yes, the offseason. A time when Austin Romine is apparently relevant. Austin Romine, of “LOL people think he should start over Gary Sanchez” fame, could potentially be a free agent unless the team tenders him a contract for 2018. The Yankees may look to upgrade at backup catcher for next year seeing as Romine was pretty much useless with the bat, but even if he’s non-tendered the Yankees may have interest in bringing him back. Exciting stuff, right?