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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/5/17

A’s hire Pedrique as 1B coach; Boone hiring official; Yankees looking at other international prospects; Yankees have reached out to Sabathia

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Times Leader | DJ Eberle: In a surprising turn of events, the Athletics announced that they’ve hired now-former RailRiders manager Al Pedrique as their new first base coach. Pedrique has been lauded for his work with the Yankees’ top prospects. It’s no surprise that the A’s would want him considering he has experience working with two of their new top prospects in Dustin Fowler and Jorge Mateo. Pedrique hoped for an interview for the Yankees’ managerial opening that eventually went to Aaron Boone. | Bryan Hoch: It’s official. The Yankees announced that Aaron Boone has been named as the 33rd manager in franchise history. The team plans to have a formal introductory press conference for Boone on Wednesday at noon EDT. Though it’s been known for some time, the Yankees also officially announced that pitching coach Larry Rothschild will return in the same capacity. How the rest of Boone’s coaching staff fills out is yet to be seen.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Now that the Yankees are officially out of the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes, they have a lot of international bonus pool money that’s just itching to be spent. Brian Cashman has vowed to use the money between now and June. The Yankees are looking closely at 21 year-old OF Julio Pablo Martinez, who defected from Cuba as well as Yunior Severino, aka Sevy Yr., who is one of the 13 prospects that MLB released from the confines of the Braves organization. | Bryan Hoch: Even before the Yankees officially got word about Shohei Ohtani’s intentions, Brian Cashman had reached out to Kyle Thousand, CC Sabathia’s agent. Granted, Cashman said he had a bad feeling the few days leading up to Ohtani’s announcement, but nonetheless. Now that Ohtani’s off the table, the Yankees rotation needs help and bringing Sabathia makes sense. The Yankees have also been connected to Alex Cobb, though it’s unknown if the two sides have had any conversations.