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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/14/19

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Miguel Andujar to try new positions; Yankees respond to Astros stealing signs; Yankees interested in Madison Bumgarner; Thurman Munson’s HOF case

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New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Brian Cashman had glowing words for Miguel Andujar this week, basically confirming that he will be on the big-league roster next season. Interestingly, Cashman openly mentioned the idea of Andujar learning how to play first base and the outfield, which would not only help his chances to make the roster, but also provide an alternative to his dodgy third base defense. Cashman mentioned Alfonso Soriano, a promising hitter who bounced around a few positions, as a comp for Andujar. If that’s how he turns out, it’d be the best-case scenario.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: The Astros have been officially busted for stealing signs electronically en route to a World Series victory in 2017 (and a seven-game ALCS win over the Yankees), and some of the Bombers have spoken out. Cashman took a few jabs towards the Houston organization, while an anonymous 2017 Yankees player expressed his frustration more directly. The beef between the Yankees and Astros just got a whole lot juicier.

SNY | Danny Abriano: Cashman also confirmed that the Yankees are interested in Madison Bumgarner, a longtime target. Although he’s not the ace he once was, Bumgarner would be no worse than the fourth-best starter in the Yankees’ rotation, and possibly the second-best on the right day. He shouldn’t be the priority over Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg, but he is a fine fallback option.

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: It’s sort of a shame that late Yankees’ captain Thurman Munson has never had a serious shot at making the Baseball Hall of Fame. Now added to the Veteran’s committee ballot, Munson’s career, while brief, deserves consideration. His peak featured seven All-Star appearances and the 1976 MVP award, as well as two championship rings. Here, Jaffe presents a comprehensive look at Munson’s life, career, and Hall of Fame case.