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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/3/19

Dan O’Dowd and Bob Gibbons praise Troy Tulowitzki; Tulo signing should not hinder Yankees from signing Manny Machado; five things the Yankees need before Spring Training starts

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: There’s a buzz in the Big Apple. Troy Tulowitzki is headed for the Bronx, but he’s no longer wearing a Blue Jays uniform. The Yankees have signed Tulo for the major league minimum. The former GM of the Colorado Rockies, Dan O’Dowd, spoke very highly of Tulo, as did former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. Both state how Tulo is a force to be reckoned with when healthy, and both believe he is healthy. If and when the Yankees confirm he is, the signing will most likely be made official.

Newsday | David Lennon: Now there might be some Yankee fans out there who are thinking that the Yankees will not go after Manny Machado after signing Troy Tulowitzki. Well, it’s possible. However, as mentioned above, the Yankees did sign Tulo for the major league minimum, so money should not be an issue. I mean, it shouldn’t be an issue either way, because they’re the Yankees. Room could be an issue, but they can probably clear a spot. Either way, maybe sign Machado as well. | Bryan Hoch: Machado or Machadon’t, the Yankees still have other wants and needs this offseason. Who doesn’t? Personally, I want a house. Maybe the Yankees will buy me one. Probably not. Anyway, where was I? Oh right, needs. In this article, Bryan Hoch lists five of the Yankees’ biggest needs this offseason. The first should be no surprise. Hint: it’s the infield issue. I won’t spoil what the other four are. Click the link.