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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/22/18

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Happy 90th Birthday to Whitey Ford; Manny Machado is still worth big money for the Yanks; The next step in Yankees’ renewed quest to topple the Red Sox; World Series berths for Boston, Dodgers may cost Yankees; Paul Goldschmidt to the Bronx?

Paul Goldschmidt is on the trading block. Could he land in the Bronx?
Paul Goldschmidt is on the trading block. Could he land in the Bronx?
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CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson: Anderson ranks the Yankees as one of the top two possible destinations for Arizona’s slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. The first thing I did upon reading this was to look up Goldschmidt’s numbers with runners in scoring position (since that is the Yankees’ greatest offensive weakness), and they are impressive. Over 152 plate appearances, Goldschmidt slashed .274./441./556 with eight homers and 46 runs batted in. He also had more walks (33) than strikeouts (31). He will be a free agent after the 2019 season, so the Diamondbacks are motivated sellers. Get it done, Cash!

NJ.com | Joe Giglio: Giglio lists all the reasons why Manny Machado is still worth big money for the Yankees, despite the negative attention he has brought to himself this October. Included among them are his age, power, and defense at third base. Not to mention, Machado is a generational talent.

New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees will hold their organizational meetings beginning on Monday, with General Manager Brian Cashman and the rest of the staff focused on figuring out how to get the team deeper into the postseason — and to get by the Red Sox in the AL East.

Newsday | David Lennon: The teams with the two highest payrolls in baseball are meeting in the World Series. Will it motivate Yankees ownership to abandon fiscal restraint for the sake of returning the team to championship glory? I hope so, because thus far the Red Sox are shaping up to be the team of the millennium, and they show no signs of slowing down.

New York Daily News | John Madden: Happy Birthday to Yankees legend Whitey Ford. The Chairman of the Board turned 90 years old on Sunday, and Madden presents a wonderfully-written bio on the Hall of Famer. Definitely a must read.