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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/2/18

Five questions the Yankees have going into this season; some managerial changes in the minor leagues; a look at why the free-agent signings have been so slow

MLB: Winter Meetings
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Bryan Hoch: It’s the 2nd day of 2017. Errr, I mean 2018. Sorry, that’ll be a common mistake for a month or two. The Yankees are looking good. Really good. While they say they’re not done making moves this offseason, the Bronx Bombers are already heading into the 2018 season stronger than ever. Having said that, there are still some questions that need answering. Is Aaron Boone ready for the job? What will the outfield look like with both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton? Who will play second and third? Gleyber Good? GREG BIRD?!?! Pancakes or Waffles??? So many questions.

Pinstriped Prospects | Matt Kardos: There are some questions down in the minors as well. With Al Pedrique headed to Oakland to be the Athletics new first base coach, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will need a new manager. According to this article, Bobby Mitchell is slated to be promoted from manager of the Double-A Trenton Thunder to Triple-A. But who will manage the Thunder? Rumor has it that Jay Bell, manager of the High-A Tampa will head to Trenton to do just that. Or maybe he’s heading up there to get some... Taylor Ham? I’m pretty sure that’s the proper thing to call it, even though Trenton does not.

FanRag | Jon Heyman: It’s been a pretty slow offseason. The free-agent signings are moving at a snail’s pace. Wade Davis was just signed by the Colorado Rockies last year and yeah, there we are. Jon Heyman of Arby’s fame compiles a list as to why we’re not seeing much action.