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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/11/18

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Judge taking full BP; Tanaka’s contract is totally worth it; Yankees upset with Donaldson deal; Realmuto to the Yanks?; Miggy to left field?

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NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Aaron Judge took a full round of batting practice yesterday at Target Field, meaning the reigning Rookie of the Year is still progressing nicely in his rehab. Judge previously said that he hoped to take a round of BP this week, but the news does come as a bit of a surprise. Reports on Monday said that Judge was still experiencing pain in his fractured right wrist. Regardless, this is a big step forward for Judge.

NY Post | Joel Sherman: Coming off another dominant start, Masahiro Tanaka is showing that he’s been worth every dollar the Yankees paid him prior the 2014 season. While home runs have always been his Achilles’ heel, Tanaka is arguably the most reliable starter in the Yankee organization the last few years and should get serious consideration to start the 2018 Wild Card game.

SI | Khadrice Rollins: The Yankees, Red Sox, and Astros were rather upset that Josh Donaldson got dealt to the Cleveland Indians prior to the August 31st deadline, making him eligible for the Indians postseason roster. At the deadline, Donaldson was rehabbing a calf injury that’s kept him out since late-May, but the league determined the former MVP was healthy enough to be traded.

NY Post | Joel Sherman: Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez’s struggles this season could necessitate positional changes this offseason. Sherman wonders if the Yankees should move Gary Sanchez to first and go for another catcher. J.T. Realmuto, perhaps? That way, the Yankees can get Sanchez’s questionable glove out from behind the plate and Bird’s anemic bat out of the lineup in one fell swoop.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Speaking of shaking up the defensive alignment, might the Yankees consider moving Miguel Andujar to first or left field? There hasn’t been any organizational murmurs to indicate as such, but given just how bad Andujar has been with the glove, it might not be the worst idea to move him off the hot corner.