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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/22/17

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Ellsbury consider waiving NTC; Fred Wilpon is confused and angry by Yankees; Teams treating tax threshold as salary cap hurts players

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FanRag Sports | Jon Heyman: You know what’s fun? That Giancarlo Stanton is a Yankee. You know what’s annoying? That Jacoby Ellsbury is a Yankee. Ellsbury supposedly was unwilling to waive his no-trade clause, no matter how much further down the depth chart he went. However, Ellsbury might now consider waiting his NTC for a select few teams and the Giants could be among them. Thought I wouldn’t blame him for wanting to sit on the bench and get a first-row view to Aaron Judge and Stanton’s monster dongs.

New York Post | Mike Puma: LOLMETS. Fred Wilpon apparently gets “irate” and “pissed every time the Yankees make a move...and he always seems surprised.” He thinks the Yankees economic model is unsustainable and then is shocked whenever they keep...sustaining. It’s almost as if he doesn’t realize that if you invest in the on-field product, people will come watch the games and you can earn your money back. He’s angry about the Giancarlo Stanton trade and I’m laughing. Oh, Mets.

ESPN | Buster Olney: Outside of Giancarlo Stanton becoming a Yankee and Shohei Ohtani choosing the Angels, this has been a slow offseason. The big free agents are still unsigned and that’s partially because a lot of teams are treating the luxury tax threshold as a hard salary cap and now it’s the players who are getting left out to dry. It’s almost as if salary caps and tax thresholds are a bad thing for players, especially when all teams have the money to properly pay players anyway.

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