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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/19/18

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Andujar and Florial optioned; Andujar and Torres will get their chances soon; Wade working with Pujols paying off; Team’s “all in” attitude

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: For the longest time this offseason, it looked like the Yankees were going to roll the dice with Miguel Andujar as their third baseman. He hit as well as anyone could’ve asked early on, but then did cool down significantly. Having Brandon Drury on the team means the Yankees don’t have to rush Andujar before he’s ready, so they won’t. Andujar was optioned to Triple-A yesterday, while Estevan Florial was also reassigned to minor-league camp.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Even though Gleyber Torres and now Miguel Andujar failed to win jobs with the major league club this spring, they’ll still have their opportunities. Just because they were sent down now, doesn’t mean the Yankees don’t like them. They just want them to work on polishing their game and in Torres’ case to shake off rust. It won’t be long before they’re called up and given their chance.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Tyler Wade came into camp wanting to erase all memories of his horrid major league debut in 2017. So far, so good. Wade’s hit so well that some are speculating he might get the Opening Day nod even though Neil Walker is on the roster. It’s all thanks to Albert Pujols. Wade spent time working out with Pujols this offseason and so far it’s paid off. Pujols had Wade open his stance a bit and raise his hands and it’s helped out tremendously.

New York Post | Kevin Kernan: This spring Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, who is a Yankee in case you weren’t aware (cutting it close today), have both worked to learn left field. Judge made his left field debut this weekend in a minor league game against the Phillies’ minor league squad. More than that though, Judge demonstrated the overall attitude of this team. Everyone is all in to win, and willing to do whatever is best for the team.