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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 11/17/18

Cashman ready to spend; Sonny Gray generates trade interest; Yankees interested in opening extension talks; Notre Dame pays homage to Yankees.

New York Yankees Introduce Aaron Boone As Manager Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees had a solid 2018 season, but there is still room for improvement to become a championship-caliber team. Brian Cashman knows this, and said in a recent interview that the team is prepared to spend lots of money if necessary to make the requisite additions to his roster. Cashman also commented on Manny Machado and the future of shortstop in New York before speaking on several of his own internal free agents.

SNY | Andy Martino: Cashman has made no secret this offseason that he wants to trade Sonny Gray. A new report has indicated that several teams appear to be interested in acquiring the right-hander. Cashman has reiterated that the team will not deal Gray until he’s happy with the return, but also said “The plan is to move him because I don’t want to keep going through the process of something that won’t work here.” It’d be shocking to see Gray pitch another game for the Yankees at this point. | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees have three key players who will be free agents next year in Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks and Dellin Betances. The Yankees do not usually give out extensions and are more content in letting the market play out, but Cashman has indicated that the front office has discussed the benefits of extending these core players this offseason. It would be hard to envision them playing anywhere else, and giving an extension to at least one of Gregorius, Hicks or Betances this winter would seem to make sense.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Two nationally ranked NCAA Football teams will square off at Yankee Stadium this afternoon, as #3 Notre Dame will “host” #12 Syracuse in a pivotal Week 12 matchup. The Fighting Irish are changing up their look for this game though, as they’ll wear special navy jerseys with pinstriped pants and cleats. The Under Armour-designed uniforms feature very little of the classic Notre Dame gold, but were approved by both the University and the Yankees. It’s a bold look that will help make this game feel extra special for the players who get to play football on the hallowed grounds of Yankee Stadium.