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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/13/17

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Torres takes pressure off Mateo; Eovaldi signs with TB; Future is bright for SWB; Girardi’s position in managerial rankings; Gehrig’s old house for sale

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New York Post | Dan Martin: A year ago, the Yankees’ top prospect was Jorge Mateo. Now he’s most likely the #3 prospect in the team’s system. This is partially caused by his own “down” year last year but mainly as a result of Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier who came over in the Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller trades respectively. All the pressure on Mateo prior to these acquisitions might have derailed him last year, but the influx of young talent, like Torres, could help take the pressure off Mateo and get him back on track.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Nasty Nate will no longer be nasty for the Yankees. Beat reporter Bathan Geovaldi probably had the first scoop, but it seems that Nathan Eovaldi has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have a team option for 2018, though, so if his rehab goes well they probably turn this into a two-year deal.

Times Leader | DJ Eberle: Since last July, Yankee fans have been talking about how the future is bright for the Yankees. However, they’re not the only team that has a bright future. The organization’s Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders also have a bright future. All the young prospects the Yankees are excited about have to make a pit stop in Scranton before getting to the Bronx and the likes of Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, and Justus Sheffield should help to make the RailRiders one of the best teams in the International League.

Boston Globe | Nick Cafardo: Baseball season is around the corner and with that we’ll be seeing many different rankings. Best hitters, best pitchers, best bloggers named Kunj (hint: I’m #1). Now we’re looking at managerial rankings, in which the Yankees’ Joe Girardi comes in at #12. Girardi probably deserves to be higher on the list, especially because Girardi’s in-game preparation is generally “excellent,” but the author feels there’s a case to be made for those ahead.

New York Times | David Waldstein: The greatest first baseman in Yankees’ history, Mark Teixeira, retired last year. However Lou Gehrig’s, arguably the second best Yankees’ first baseman, old house is in search of a new owner. Arthur Scinta, a local preservationist, is hoping that the new owner will preserve the house in the fashion in which Gehrig kept it, or possibly turn it into a Lou Gehrig museum.