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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/16/19

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Bryce Harper could be a perfect match for the Yankees; Comparing DJ LeMahieu to a former Yankees shortstop; Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina HoF updates; Slade Heathcott’s new career.

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NY Post | Ken Davidoff: Bryce Harper is still available—and the Yankees don’t seem all that interested—but Davidoff argues that it’d be a great match for both sides. He’d help balance out the lineup, and he’d send a lot of balls over the right field porch.

FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: After comparing DJ LeMahieu to hitters over the past 17 years, Sullivan finds a lot of similarities between the new infielder and everyone’s favorite Yankees shortstop, Derek Jeter. Now we know what the DJ in his name stands for. I think we can all get behind this optimistic take, though.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: We’re still a couple weeks away from the Hall of Fame results, but roughly half of the ballots have been made public and Mariano Rivera has made it onto all of them (172) so far. Mike Mussina has received 81.4% of the vote, and it looks like this could be his year. It’s a different story for Andy Pettitte.

NY Daily News | Mark Fischer: Former Yankee Slade Heathcott is going to become a commercial pilot! It’s too bad it didn’t work out with the Yankees, but it’s nice to see that he’s working on achieving a new dream.