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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/6/18

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Aaron Boone impressed with Gary’s arm and bat; Aaron Boone already has good relationship with Aaron Judge; Luis Severino can hopefully build on his 2017 performance; Chad Green might be the most formidable weapon out of the pen; Ben Heller expects to be part of the Scranton Shuttle this season

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Newsday | Erik Boland: Gary Sanchez is a pretty good catcher. He hits dingers. Actually, he hits really powerful dingers. Sanchez also has a rocket for an arm. Actually, he has a rocket for an arm and almost pinpoint accuracy to go with it. Aaron Boone, former 2003 ALCS Game 7 slayer of dragons, likes what he has seen from the Kraken’s defense, just as much as his offense. That’s good to hear.

New York Post | Kevin Kernan: Boone is building relationships with all his players. That’s pretty much why Cashman brought him on board. A lot of talk has been made of his relationship with Gary Sanchez, like the previous link. This link talks about his growing relationship with Aaron Judge. So far, the Aarons have been getting along great. Despite his Rookie of the Year season, Judge still understands that he’s still only a year into his professional baseball career and that he still has a lot to learn. What a guy.

WFAN | Ernie Palladino: Luis Severino was only behind Corey Kluber and Chris Sale in Cy Young votes. This is coming after a season in which he did not win a single game. To call 2017 a bounce back year for Severino would be an understatement. This year will see if he can build on his impressive season. I think we’re all hoping he can. Why wouldn’t you be?

New York Daily News | John Harper: As mentioned above, there are questions to be answered this spring. The Yankees’ bullpen isn’t really that high on the list, because it’s pretty much already set. While their was talk of moving Chad Green to the rotation, it seems like he’ll be back in the pen. The fact that Green can potentially throw two innings of work makes him one of the most versatile weapons at Boone’s disposal. The fact that Green is a bridge to Betances, Kahnle, D-Rob, and Chapman is pretty formidable.

YES Network | Lou DiPietro: Ben Heller has a pretty good understanding of what his role will be with the Yankees this year. He is fully prepared for the famed “Scranton Shuttle” trips that will see him shifting back and forth from Triple-A to the majors. Heller and his wife also took time to do some community services work this offseason. He is hoping to do it again.