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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/13/18

Boras believes Harper to New York still possible; Syndergaard reportedly off the table; Cashman squashes Gary Sanchez rumors; Vegas cell connection is spotty

MLB: Winter Meetings Daniel Clark-USA TODAY Sports

NY Post | Ken Davidoff: Appearing at the Winter Meetings, superagent Scott Boras answered questions on Brian Cashman’s comments that the Yankees are out on his client, Bryce Harper. Boras explained that he hasn’t heard those things in his discussions with Cashman and owner Hal Steinbrenner, and suggested that the Yankees will say one thing and then go against that later when it suits them better, which is true. He also made a reference to a nurse in a hospital, which was sorta weird. | Brendan Kuty: Rumblings broke on Tuesday about a potential three-way deal between the Yankees, Mets, and Marlins revolving around J.T. Realmuto and Noah Syndergaard. The Yankees, of course, were in this deal solely as a middleman to pick up Syndergaard, who would fit their offseason goals perfectly. Unfortunately, it looks like the Mets are moving in a different direction right now. One day, Thor. One day.

ESPN | Coley Harvey: Brian Cashman also fielded some questions about the catcher currently on his roster, Gary Sanchez. Cashman put some rumors to rest, asserting that Sanchez is their starting catcher for next season, and they aren’t looking at any other starting catchers. | Stephanie Apstein: In a funny little aside, one reason why these Winter Meetings have been going slow might be because there have been some problems in communication. And by communication, I mean literally not connecting on calls, because the cell service at the hotels in Vegas has been unsatisfactory to the 30 major league GMs currently housed there. Calls have been dropping, disconnecting randomly, and AJ Preller apparently has had the same phone for the last eight years. Padres, hook your man up.