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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/26/18

Yankees reportedly “front-runners” to sign Manny Machado; The Yankees don’t need to use their imaginations to see the worst case scenario for Didi Gregorius; A-Rod is still hated at Fenway; Gardner, Judge, and Tanaka nominated for Gold Gloves.

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YES Network | A.J. Herrmann: The Yankees have long been tied to superstar infielder Manny Machado. The playoffs haven’t even ended yet and the rumors are getting loud, as the Yankees are reportedly the front-runners to land Machado. He has been the deserved source of controversy throughout the postseason, but his obvious talents speak for themselves.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Losing Didi Gregorius to a surprise Tommy John surgery was about the worst possible way to start the offseason. Not only that, it’s not hard to envision the worst case scenario for Gregorius and the Yankees, writes Dan Martin. Just last season, the crosstown rival Mets saw their own infielder, T.J. Rivera, undergo TJS. Rivera went under the knife in September of 2017 hoping to return midway through 2018, but his rehab stint was cut short in July, and his season ended soon after. The Yankees have to be crossing their fingers to avoid such a nightmare. MLB announced the finalists for this year’s Gold Glove awards. Among the nominees were Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, and Masahiro Tanaka. It’s good to see Judge, a great fielder for someone his size, get recognized, along with the quietly athletic Tanaka. Gardner is the only one of the group to have previously won a Gold Glove, in 2016, though it almost feels like a slight that such a prodigious defender as Gardner only has one award to his name.

New York Post | Jaclyn Hendricks: During his career, Alex Rodriguez was one of the most polarizing figures in sports. Rodriguez has made himself into a fairly respected media member now that his playing days are over, but Red Sox fans surely still harbor some ill will toward the former Yankee. A-Rod took the brunt of the Boston faithful’s boos while on-set for Fox Sports at Fenway Park for the World Series.