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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/15/19

Machado might have an eight-year offer; Mel Stottlemyre loses battle with cancer at 77; Hal Steinbrenner keeps up with fans’ reactions online; Sonny Gray trade talks heating up again

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ESPN | Jeff Passan: According to Jeff Passan, Manny Machado has an eight-year offer on the table from the Chicago White Sox. This number has since been disputed by Bob Nightengale, so the rumored eight-year offer is probably legit. Meanwhile, the Yankees hope their current third baseman can come back from a historically bad defensive season.

MLB | Mark Feinsand: New York baseball legend Mel Stottlemyre died on Sunday at the age of 77. Stottlemyre was a five-time All-Star during his 11-year playing career. After his days on the mound were done, Stottlemyre served as pitching coach for both the Mets and the Yankees. He was an integral part of Joe Torre’s coaching staff even after he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2000. The Yankees gave Stottlemyre a plaque in Monument Park in a surprise ceremony in 2015.

NY Post | Ken Davidoff: Hal Steinbrenner apparently checks social media to gauge fan emotion. Hal, if you’re reading this, please get both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. I will give you more of my own money if you do. Maybe he’ll open up a massive, George Costanza-sized wallet now.

Lastly, it appears the Sonny Gray market is heating up once again. To be honest, I’m surprised Gray is still on the Yankees, but now that CC Sabathia has been medically cleared to resume activities, Gray’s days seem to be truly numbered.