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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/19/18

Mr. October chimes in on Manny Machado; Patrick Corbin will sign with Yankees, predicts reader’s poll; Mets owner says “lopsided” offer required to pry away Noah Syndergaard; Yanks not in on Nathan Eovaldi, yet.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman: “Manny Machado’s comments regarding his level of hustle should not be what defines him.” Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports | Danny Abriano: Yankees great Reggie Jackson chimed in on free agent Manny Machado’s hustle comments. Mr October agreed with owner Hal Steinbrenner, who previously said: “That ain’t going to play here.” Jackson also agreed that Machado had some explaining to do before the team could consider signing him, while noting that the Bombers had previously tolerated the lack of hustle from Robinson Cano.

MLB Trade Rumors | Ty Bradley: MLB Trade Rumors conducted a poll, and over 55% of readers believe that Patrick Corbin will return to his home state by signing with the Yankees. None of the other possible destinations garnered more than 12% of the vote. The site ranks the left-hander as the top free agent pitcher this winter.

CBS Sports | Katherine Acquavella: The Mets intend to contend in 2019, so it will take a “lopsided” offer to pry away Noah Syndergaard. That’s what owner Jeff Wilpon told’s Anthony DiComo, adding a package of prospects would be insufficient. He also said signing Jacob deGrom to an extension is among many priorities. It looks like the Yankees might not be getting a top pitcher from their crosstown rivals, but will instead have to look at the Mets as a possible World Series opponent. | Mike Rosenstein: Rosenstein report that according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, the Yankees are not among the leading contenders for Nathan Eovaldi. The early suitors are the Red Sox, Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, White Sox, Blue Jays, Padres, and Giants. Rob Bradford of WEEI radio, however, reported that “everyone and their mother” had expressed interest in Eovaldi and that the Yankees “undoubtedly would be in line to at least kick the tires” on the pitcher. MLBTR predicts Eovaldi will land a four-year, $60 million contract.