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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/3/18

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Cashman expects major moves to be made soon, prepared to move on from Corbin, denies Sanchez trade rumors, says Machado’s hustle comments shouldn’t define him; Yankees to make “smart, savvy moves” this winter; Mets in on Kluber.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman: “Manny Machado’s comments regarding his level of hustle should not be what defines him.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman: “Manny Machado’s comments regarding his level of hustle should not be what defines him.”
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YES | Jack Curry: During an interview with the Yankees General Manager, Jack Curry asked Brian Cashman whether the Yankees will continue making the kinds of “splashy moves” that they’re known for by signing either Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, or both. The Bombers’ GM balked at the notion, saying: “I disagree with the Yankees’ DNA being splashy moves.”

Although he acknowledged that the Yankees had done those types of moves in the “80s and 70s,” and more recently when they acquired Giancarlo Stanton, he stated: “Under Hal Steinbrenner’s leadership, I’d like to think that we’re making smart, savvy moves that hopefully pay big dividends. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

He cited the deal that brought Aaron Hicks over from Minnesota in exchange for John Ryan Murphy as an example, as well as the acquisition of Didi Gregorius. He also pointed to important non-moves, like holding onto Miguel Andujar, rather than trading him.

“We’re trying to make sound decisions that will positively impact us, not cripple us at the same time,” Cashman said. He also said: “Manny Machado’s comments regarding his level of hustle should not be what defines him.” The full interview will air on YES tonight at 6 p.m. EST.

SNY.tv | Danny Abriano: After agreeing to a blockbuster deal with Seattle to acquire former Yankees’ star Robinson Cano, the Mets are now in on one of their crosstown rivals’ trade targets. The Mets’ interest now appears to also extend to Corey Kluber, who had Mets manager Mickey Callaway as a pitching coach in Cleveland.

Newsday | Laura Albanese: Cashman expects major moves to be made soon — hopefully, he said, by the end of the winter meetings in mid-December. He doesn’t know if southpaw starter Patrick Corbin, who met with the Yankees, Nationals and Phillies last week, is close to a decision. If that falls through, the Yankees could re-sign J.A. Happ. On another note, Cashman fully denied that the team is trying to move All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez. We’ll have more about that later today.