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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 12/15/18

Joan Steinbrenner passes away; Yankees shift their focus to Machado, bullpen; Yankees poach minor leaguer from Boston; most likely Yankees to be traded

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North Jersey Record | Staff Report: Joan Steinbrenner, the wife of George M. Steinbrenner, passed away Friday at the age of 83. The Vice Chairperson of the Yankees, Steinbrenner was a key contributor in many of the team’s philanthropic efforts. The Yankees family mourns the loss of its matriarch.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Although the winter meetings have wrapped up, the Yankees are still open for business. A source said that Brian Cashman is setting up a meeting with Manny Machado, and has already talked with representatives for Adam Ottavino, Andrew Miller and Zach Britton. The Yankees still need help in their infield and bullpen, so several moves can be expected to come.

New York Post | Kevin Kernan: The Yankees made a minor trade, acquiring Single-A outfielder Tyler Hill from the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations. The Tigers only had Hill momentarily after they claimed him from the Red Sox in the Rule 5 Draft. A player that scouts have called “a super athlete,” Hill is profiled as a speedy outfielder with good on-base skills. He spent five seasons in the Red Sox system.

SNY | John Harper: The Yankees still might turn to the trade market to finish their offseason. Almost every player is available, but just how available should certain players be? Some outside-of-the-box proposals are discussed here, including a few players very important to the Yankees who could also fetch a lot of value back. It’s mostly speculation, but it’s interesting food for thought.