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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/30/19

What if Manny Machado takes a one-year deal?; The Yankees are counting on Luis Severino to be an ace this season; Bombers hire environmental science advisor.

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NY Post | Joel Sherman: As we all know, Manny Machado is still on the market. It is becoming less and less likely that Machado will sign a record-breaking contract, so might an alternative be a one-year deal? Sherman floats the idea of something like one-year, $35 million to give him a chance to hit the market next offseason when players such as Nolan Arenado, Didi Gregorius, and Xander Bogaerts are likely to be free agents. Better suitors might be more interested then too, so he could potentially avoid getting stuck in a long-term contract on a bad team.

SNY | Chris Carelli: It was a tale of two halves for Luis Severino in 2018. He appeared headed for the Cy Young award after the first few months, but the last half of his season was a nightmare. The Yankees are depending on him to right the ship in 2019, especially since there are question marks regarding the durability of James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, and CC Sabathia. | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees have hired an environmental science advisor, and may be the first professional sports team to do so. They announced that they selected Dr. Allen Hershkowitz for the role, noting that he’ll help with initiatives surrounding waste management, water conservation, energy use, and food services around Yankee Stadium.