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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/9/19

Sabathia cleared for baseball activities; White Sox continue to try and woo Machado; recounting the Yankees’ arbitration history.

Divisional Round - Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees - Game Four Photo by Elsa/Getty Images | David Adler: Some good news to come out of yesterday is that CC Sabathia was cleared for baseball activities. A couple weeks ago, we got some scary news that Sabathia had undergone an emergency heart procedure, but it appears the big guy is well and will be good to go for the season. | Mike Rosenstein: The White Sox made another side move in the race for Manny Machado by bringing in Jon Jay on Monday. The outfielder is friends with both Machado and Machado’s brother-in-law Yonder Alonso, who Chicago also acquired.

Newsday | Steven Marcus: The deadline for sides to submit figures for arbitration is coming up on Friday, and here we have a brief history of some of the more notable arbitration cases in Yankees’ history. In general, the Yankees have tended to try and avoid the process, but not always. One of the more infamous cases, as may be the case again this year, was the Dellin Betances aka “Dillon” saga from 2017. Speaking of Randy Levine, here is a news story that wasn’t enough to get a full link, but it something to at least glance at.

Cut4 | Andrew Mearns: The Yankees made an appearance on Antiques Roadshow Monday night, as a team sweater from 1925 was appraised on the show. The sweater belonged to Wally Pipp, and was appraised at $77,500. The 1925 season was also the season in which Pipp was replaced as everyday first baseman by Lou Gehrig, so that adds an interesting twist. The Yankees don’t wear those style jackets anymore, so it appears they met a similar fate as Pipp.