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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/17/18

Machado doesn’t hustle; Comparing Machado’s D to Didi’s; Looking at other options; Arizona Fall League update; Team donates to Hurricane Michael relief efforts

MLB: NLCS-Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers
“I could hustle...or I could just a home run instead”
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New York Post | Mark W. Sanchez: I’m not going to lie, the only reason I’m including this piece in here is because I like to set fires and just watch the world burn while eating popcorn. In an interview with The Athletic (paywall), Manny Machado admitted that he doesn’t hustle, nor will he start. He does admit that he should give more of an effort, but at this point it’s hard to change who he is as a player or person. If he does end up in pinstripes, Yankees fans are in for a treat.

New York Post | George A. King III: Speaking of Machado, the need for him has grown immensely since news broke that World’s Best Human Sir Didi Gregorius needs Tommy John Surgery on his throwing arm. Obviously the Yankees were rumored to be interested in Machado even before this news, but now even more. This seems like as good a time as any to really take stock and compare both players’ D. Essentially while Machado wouldn’t hurt at shortstop, he’d definitely be a step down from Didi who is a plus defender. | Anthony Castrovance: If the Yankees lose out on or choose not to pursue Machado, they do have other options they could pursue. The reality of those varies, but I do like dreaming of Nolan Arenado in pinstripes. The most likely and “easiest” option would be to sign Machado though. Here’s a breakdown of how prospects from all 30 teams did in Arizona Fall League action yesterday. For the Yankees, Estevan Florial and Steven Sensley both went 0-for-3 with a walk. Matt Wivinis, the highlight of the prospects, tossed two scoreless innings in relief, allowing one hit, one walk, and one strikeout. Lastly, Hobie Harris allowed a run on one hit and one walk in one inning. | Bryan Hoch: Hurricane Michael made landfall about a week ago, but the devestation was pretty severe. According to reports, more than 16,000 residences have been damaged and over 4,000 have been fully destroyed. To help, the Yankees donated $100,000 to efforts split between the Red Cross and Salvation Army.