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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/17/18

Giancarlo Stanton reports to Yankees’ camp; Aaron Boone discusses where he might place Stanton and Judge in the lineup; Clint Frazier wants to be a Yankee; Thairo Estrada is recovering from a gunshot wound; Danny Espinosa hopes to win the starting job at 2B

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Bryan Hoch: Giancarlo Stanton is a New York Yankee. Perhaps you were unaware of this fact. Well, it’s true and it’s pretty cool. Yesterday, Giancarlo reported to the Yankees’ camp. He’s excited to suit up with fellow large baseball boy Aaron Judge. While he’s curious how many home runs the two of them can hit, he’s mainly focused on the team and winning as a whole. He can leave the curiosity to us.

Newsday | Erik Boland: In case you forgot after reading the first paragraph, I shall remind you again that the Yankees have Giancarlo Stanton. Aaron Boone, immortal 2003 ALCS Game 7 hero, has been thinking of the lineup possibility ever since Stanton was acquired. In what can only be describe as “a really awesome problem to have” Boone must think about whether or not he wants to bat Judge or Stanton second in the lineup. This includes where to bat Sir Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, and Greg Bird. Have fun with that thought process in the comments. | Bryan Hoch: With all the excitement over Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, it’s important to remember that Clint Frazier is still here. Frazier was aware that his name kept popping up in trade scenarios this offseason. He wants to let the Yankees and everyone else know that his desire is to remain with the Yankees and make the team out of spring training. Frazier has even mentioned returning to center field. Best of luck, Red Thunder. | Bryan Hoch: Yesterday we learned that Yankee prospect Thairo Estrada is recovering from a gunshot wound in his right hip. He and his wife were at a restaurant when two kids came up and demanded cash or their cell phones. While Estrada was shot, it was thankfully not a serious injury. He didn’t even realize he had been shot until later on. Aaron Boone said Estrada is in a good spot and that nothing will change for him this year.

New York Post | Dan Martin: While many fans are expecting/hoping to see Gleyber Torres play second base this year, he still has to win the job. Danny Espinosa, who signed a minor-league deal this offseason, is still going into spring training to try and earn his place. He knows he has some adjustments to make, but he is confident in his abilities. There will definitely be a competitive atmosphere for those infield positions this spring.