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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 11/3/18

Hal Steinbrenner speaks out; CC Sabathia to retire after 2019 season; Yankees top prospects list released; Manny Banuelos joins the White Sox

New York Yankees Introduce Masahiro Tanaka | Bryan Hoch: We all know that the Yankees desperately need starting pitching. After Hal Steinbrenner called out the way that the team’s rotation performed in the playoffs, it’s certain that he will open his checkbook and import some pitchers. Who will he add to the team? These eight pitchers seem to fit the bill, although it would be difficult for fans to envision some of these rival hurlers in Yankee pinstripes.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Speaking of Mr. Steinbrenner, he spoke out on a couple of other hot topics on Yankees fans minds in an interview with Joel Sherman. Some highlights include his thoughts on Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird, his assessment of Aaron Boone’s first year as manager, and his urgency regarding this team’s championship window.

NewsWeek | Jason Hall: CC Sabathia’s future with the Yankees is up in the air as he enters free agency, but Sabathia has confirmed that the 2019 season will be his last, no matter who he plays for. Sabathia told Brandon Steiner in a Facebook Live interview that he wants to spend more time with his family, but he knows he can still get guys out and will play this year for “whoever needs [him].” Sabathia also updated the status of his chronic knee injury and reflected on his career in New York.

SNY | Matt Eisenberg: Now that the MLB season is wrapped up, it’s time to re-evaluate the team’s prospect core and see where it ranks among the league. Baseball America (subscription required) has released its top-10 Yankees prospect list, but you can view it for free on SNY. The list differs quite a bit from’s list, and features three players who have yet to make it out of rookie ball.

New York Post | Staff Report: While the Yankees’ farm system has been revitalized in recent years, the prospect that was on everybody’s minds during the early 2010s was Manny Banuelos. Banuelos never pitched for the Yankees due to injuries and was never the same after 2013 Tommy John Surgery. That led to him being dealt out of the organization in 2015. Now 27 years old, Banuelos could be getting the chance in the big leagues that he never got with the Yankees after the Chicago White Sox traded for him and added him to the 40-man roster.