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Around the Empire - Yankees news: 1/31/19

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Former Rockies GM approves of Yankees’ offseason; Adam Ottavino discusses joining New York; Clint Frazier recalls concussion struggles

Colorado Rockies v San Francisco Giants Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees entered the offseason with a clear strategy to recreate the magic of the 2012-2015 Colorado Rockies. Signing Troy Tulowitzki, DJ LeMahieu, and Adam Ottavino may have split the New York fanbase, but it impressed one particular individual.

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It appears that individual served as the general manager of the Rockies from 2000-2014. Dan O’Dowd weighed in on all three players, noting that he believed each would find success with the Yankees. I’ve been critical of the team’s decision to date, so it’s nice to hear someone with confidence in the signings.

MLB.com | Bill Ladson: Speaking of Ottavino, he caught up with MLB.com to talk about joining the Yankees. The right-hander has a deep interest in the game, and he shared his thoughts on a variety of topics, including the current team, growing up in New York, and of course that photo with David Cone. Ottavino should quickly become a fan favorite.

New York Post | Bob Klapisch: Much has been made of Clint Frazier getting cleared for baseball activity following a run of concussion-related symptoms. The outfielder described the ordeal, including how it affected every aspect of his life — even his sleeping patterns. Concussions are no joke, and Frazier hammers that home. It’s so great that he’s healthy.