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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/10/18

Greg Bird is optimistic about this season; Aaron Hicks will be competing for the starting CF job; predicting the Yankees’ 2018 roster; the famed Yankees vs. Red Sox rivalry could really heat up this year

League Championship Series - Houston Astros v New York Yankees - Game Five
I’m patting myself on the head for that HR against Miller.
Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: GREG BIRD! Now that I have your attention, Greg Bird. After seeing what he could do while healthy, many Yankee fans are anxious to see what Bird can do for a full season. So is Brian Cashman. So is Greg Bird, to be blunt. Bird says that he and the rest of the team are going into the season with confident and excitement. Definitely give this a read, but I just want to show you my favorite bit quickly.

Bird said that he expects a spot in the heart of the Yanks’ batting order, alongside Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, whom Bird said he is looking forward to meeting. His initial reaction to the December trade with the Marlins: “Can’t hurt!”

Sorry, but the only words that come to mind are “hehehehehehehehehehe” and “Hahahahahahahaha!”

Newsday | Erik Boland: Last spring training it was a Battle of the Aarons for the right field job. What a battle it was, I might add. Despite Aaron Judge’s incredible season following spring training, Aaron Hicks was having just as good of a spring as Judge was. He also had a career season for him, which was hampered with some injuries along the way. Damn that west coast trip. Hicks is now coming into spring training to be the starting center fielder. Jacoby Ellsbury is also vying for that job, so Hicks will have some competition in spring training. Well, in theory anyway. | Bryan Hoch: As I keep telling you people, spring training will soon be here. SOON! With that comes a better picture of what the 2018 Yankees’ roster will look like. Bryan Hoch, friend to Yankee link dumpers everywhere, gives us a prediction of what that roster could look like. Exciting times may be ahead, especially for the “play the kids” crowd. | Anthony Castrovince: Last year saw a bit more of a spark in the famed and sometimes overblown Yankees vs. Red Sox rivalry. This year, acquiring Giancarlo Stanton could very well ignite that spark into an inferno. With that said, there are some other baseball rivalries brewing this year, some of which also involve our New York Yankees.