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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/5/18

Torres has good shot to make Opening Day roster; Cashman ready to roll with Torres and Andujar; Cashman is a GIF master

MLB: FEB 24 Spring Training - Phillies at Yankees
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Photo by Icon Sportswire | Bryan Hoch: I know Opening Day seems super far away, but that doesn’t stop us from talking about it. As of right now, the Yankees don’t have anyone penciled in for second or third base, which is good news for top prospect Gleyber Torres. With no Chase Headley or Starlin Castro blocking him, Torres has a good shot of making the Opening Day roster. One obstacle would be if the Yankees want to start him in the minors to manipulate his service time.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: It’s not just Gleyber Torres who could make the Opening Day roster, but Miguel Andujar as well. While Brian Cashman would probably prefer to add another infielder, he’s not going to overpay or go out of his comfort zone for that. If that’s the case, he seems more than willing to roll the dice with Torres and Andujar and go with them at second and third base, respectively. There’s still time for this to change, but at least the team seems to have confidence in the two rookies.

New York Times | James Wagner: To say technology has evolved over the last few years would be an understatement. With the evolving technology, it’d be naive to assume that general managers haven’t “gotten with the times.” It’s no longer about sending carrier pigeons, smoke signals, or phone calls to make trades. General managers have evolved past standard text messages to using emojis in their communication. Apparently Yankee GM Brian Cashman is a master at using GIFs in his messages.

I have it on good authority that this is how Brian Cashman ends every trade negotiation.