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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/28/18

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Gray enjoying stability; Cashman open to letting Wilson play; A-Rod’s influence on SNB booth; Andujar keeps competition interesting

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: After he was traded from the Athletics to the Yankees last year, Sonny Gray had to figure out where he was going to live and move his family. Now he’s gotten comfortable with the Yankees and is enjoying the stability. Gray also talked about how he enjoys working with both Austin Romine and Gary Sanchez. He also said that Austin Romine should never start a playoff game over Gary Sanchez (okay, no he didn’t, but you will never convince me that he’s not thinking it).

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is in camp with the Yankees this spring, following a trade with the Texas Rangers. While Wilson is mostly expected to just talk with the team and participate in batting practice and drills, Brian Cashman said he wouldn’t be opposed to the idea of Wilson getting in a game as long as the Seahawks are okay with it. Cashman was opposed to the idea of Wilson throwing passes to Aaron Judge though. I guess he didn’t want Judge to get any ideas.

New York Post | Andrew Marchand: Alex Rodriguez is joining ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth this season, along with Matt Vasgersian. Apparently, ESPN was looking elsewhere for play-by-play guys, Bob Costas and Michael Kay were considered for the job. However, they were extremely interested in A-Rod. A-Rod’s agent used that as leverage to get Vasgersian the play-by-play job.

New York Post | George A. King III: Miguel Andujar could’ve heard the writing on the wall when the Yankees acquired Brandon Drury from the Diamondbacks. Instead, he’s still doing everything he can to show why he was in the conversation in the first place. Andujar’s hit two home runs in two games, and won’t give up on competing for the third base job. He’s making the Yankees think, at the very least, which is all one can ask of him.