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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/3/18

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If price drops, Darvish should be a top target; ESPN wants A-Rod to replace Boone; One year later, Yankees trending up and Mets are Mets; Red Sox offer Martinez five years

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FanRag Sports | Gary Phillips: While we don’t know for certain that the Yankees will add a starting pitcher before spring training, they sure do seem like they want to add one. And it could be Yu. No, not you, but Yu Darvish. It’s no secret that the free agent market has been slow this offseason, and if Darvish’s price comes down significantly, then he makes sense for the Yankees than anyone available through trade, especially considering the prospect cost.

New York Daily News | Ari Gilberg: Alex Rodriguez debuted “Analyst-Rod” during the 2015 postseason with Fox Sports and he’s since earned rave reviews for his broadcasting abilities. Now ESPN reportedly wants A-Rod to replace new Yankee manager Aaron Boone as an analyst. ESPN is supposedly even willing to “share” A-Rod with Fox, but Fox supposedly isn’t willing to share. Coincidentally, if he does replace Boone, it’d be the second time he’d do that in his career.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Remember in 2015 when the Mets “took back” New York? Yeah, that was cute. Even going into 2017 (no, not a typo, keep reading first!) the Mets had a better outlook than the Yankees. Here we are a year later in 2018 (see? told ya!) and the Yankees are trending upward while the Mets, well, um...well the Mets signed Anthony Swarzak and are really proud of that.

Hardball Talk | Craig Calcaterra: It’s been a quiet offseason overall outside of the Yankees getting Giancarlo Stanton (you know I had to work that in somehow) and the Angels getting Shohei Ohtani. The Red Sox have been especially quiet outside of re-signing Mitch Moreland. Well, it looks like they’re gearing up to make a move. They supposedly have a five-year offer on the table for J.D. Martinez. Meanwhile in Padresland, they reportedly have a seven-year offer on the table for Eric Hosmer. Sure.