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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/9/18

Sabathia projects well in his age-38 season; Yankees still have lots of work to do on starting rotation; Manny Machado could get New York to blow up offseason plans; Gary Sanchez undergoes successful shoulder surgery.

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FanGraphs | Dan Szymborksi: The Yankees recently re-signed CC Sabathia to help fill out their rotation. I opined yesterday that he seemed like a good bet to continue his late-career renaissance, and it appears that the ZiPS projection system agrees. Syzmborksi writes that his forecasts call for Sabathia to post his fourth straight season with a better-than-average ERA and at least 25 starts.

Sports Illustrated | Jon Tayler: Even with the re-signing of Sabathia, the Yankees still have a lot of work to do to fix their rotation, writes Tayler. He runs down all the various avenues the Yankees have to fill the final two open spots in their starting rotation, from promoting internally, to inking a free agent or two, to scouring the trade market for another team’s ace.

Joel Sherman | New York Post: There’s been buzz lately that the Yankees might practice financial austerity yet again this offseason and stay under the luxury tax threshold, as ridiculous as it may seem. That being said, Sherman highlights the times the Yankees have thrown caution to the wind to get the players they wanted, specifically in 2008 and 2013. Manny Machado could be the kind of player to get Hal Steinbrenner to give the go ahead on a similar offseason spending spree. | Brendan Kuty: Cashman also discussed how active the Yankees have been in trade talks at the GM meetings. Rumor has it the Yankees have at least preliminary interest in the likes of Cleveland starters Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber as well as Mariners ace James Paxton. Cashman said the club has had numerous discussions with other teams, and called the process “tedious but exciting”.

New York Daily News: The Yankees announced just two days ago that Gary Sanchez needed surgery to fix a problem in his non-throwing shoulder. Sanchez underwent the procedure yesterday and things went “as expected”. The injury reportedly bothered Sanchez throughout 2018, so it’s good news that the surgery went as planned. Hopefully, it leaves Sanchez in a better place going forward.