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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/11/17

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Stanton introduction today at 2pm; Bard to be bench coach; Pitching is still a priority for Winter Meetings; Sabathia met with Angels; Boone is 3rd handsomest manager

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Newsday | Erik Boland: What a weekend, right? Yankcarlo Giancarlo Stanton is a Yankee. He spent the weekend in New York, checked out Yankee Stadium and took his physicals. the Yankees liked what they saw and now they’ll hold a press conference to introduce Stanton at 2pm EDT. What a way to kick off the Winter Meetings today. I still can’t believe this is happening. Ah screw it. Welcome aboard, YANKCARLO STANTON! Looking forward to his and Judge’s monster dongs!

Ken Rosenthal’s Twitter | Ken Rosenthal: The Yankees are reportedly going to hire Josh Bard as their new bench coach. Bard spent the last two seasons as the Dodgers’ bullpen coach and three years before that as a scout and special assistant in the Dodgers’ front office. Bard was also a teammate of Aaron Boone’s in 2005 when they were both on Cleveland’s Baseball Team.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: I really don’t know how we’re supposed to talk about anything besides Stanton (GUYS, GIANCARLO STANTON IS A YANKEE!) but here we are. Even after making a big move like getting Stanton, Brian Cashman still has work to do. His top priority for the Winter Meetings is to get at least one starting pitcher to help fill out his rotation. He better act quick because teams are starting to talk to free agents.

New York Post | George A. King III: One of the reasons Cashman has to act quick is because of CC Sabathia. If the Yankees have any hopes of re-signing Sabathia they might want to act quickly as he’s started meeting with other teams. The Angels have had discussions with Sabathia about joining their rotation. Though Sabathia has said his preference is to stay with the Yankees, him thinking about the Angels, especially considering his California roots (speaking of CA roots: GIANCARLO STANTON IS A YANKEE!), is not surprising.

Hardball Talk | Craig Calcaterra: Now that all 30 teams have hired managers for next year, Craig Calcaterra was finally able to complete his annual ranking of MLB’s managers by handsomest. While new Phillies’ skipper Gabe Kapler unsurprisingly jumped to the top, new Yankee (speaking of new Yankee: GIANCARLO STANTON IS A YANKEE) manager Aaron Boone making his first appearance on this list at #3. Not too shabby for the Yankees. If nothing else, at least Boone beats Joe Girardi, who was ranked #16 last year, in this regard.