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Clint Frazier is getting ready for spring; a look at the most likely options for the Yankees to bolster their rotation; Mariano is still unanimous at this point

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Clint Frazier is healthy again and ramping up for the spring. The 24-year-old describes 2018 as a “lost” season after missing significant time due to recurring concussion symptoms. But, the young outfielder is making progress. As Frazier told the YES Network:

I’m feeling good. It’s been a long process, a process that is kind of a unique one to go through. I’m not used to feeling like I’m hungover every day. The way to beat it is to continue to do the workouts and push through the symptoms, and know that at the end of the tunnel you’re going to be better.

Cheers to no hangovers and the return of Red Thunder.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: Thankfully, CC Sabathia should be returning to the Yankees after a successful heart surgery. But, that doesn’t mean Brian Cashman won’t be creating a contingency plan to bolster the rotation. Randy Miller put together a list of top candidates from inside and outside the organization to fill that last spot. By his count, the most likely options are Jonathan Loaisiga (internal promotion), Drew Pomeranz (free agent), and Corey Kluber (trade). I, for one, would not count out postseason pitching phenom, Austin Romine.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: As of the morning of December 22, 86 of the estimated 412 Hall of Fame ballots were made public and Mariano Rivera still remains perfect. Though it’s unlikely he’ll be a unanimous vote, it’s nice to hear that the hope is still alive. Mike Mussina and Roger Clemens also appear to be doing well with 83.7% and 73.3% of the current total, respectively. Andy Pettitte, however, is struggling with only 10.5% of the vote. It’s still early, but things aren’t looking good for one of the greatest postseason pitchers of all time. We can all agree, though, that he should be a unanimous vote for the Pickoff Hall of Fame.