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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 11/16/19

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Will Austin Romine come back?; Teams make it clear they want Miguel Andujar; Yankees will do their best to get Cole; Cashman is engaging with all free agents.

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NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: As the offseason progresses, more and more decisions will be made about the Yankees 2020 roster. One potential decision that has made headlines as of late is whether or not backup catcher Austin Romine will be back. Romine has been with the Yankees since 2011 and grown into a quality reserve behind Gary Sanchez. However, the time has come that they Yankees may look elsewhere for the backup catcher position. Cashman spoke with Romine’s agent in Arizona but also spoke about third-stringer Kyle Higashioka, saying “We feel he’s ready to go.” The decision has yet to be made, but have we seen the last of Austin Romine?

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: On top of Romine talk, it appears that there are multiple teams interested in Miguel Andujar. Andujar is coming off of a 2019 season in which he only played 12 games, but he still has value given his Rookie of the Year runner-up finish in 2018. After Gio Urshela impressed all of baseball with his bat in 2018, how much use do the Yankees really have for Andujar? Cashman was quoted saying “I’ve got clubs asking me, ‘What are you going to do with him? We’d have an interest in him. Mark us down.’” Keep an eye out for Andujar or Urshela’s status this season.

New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees’ search for another elite starting pitcher, while still early in the process, continues day by day. The main prize Gerrit Cole has made it public that he will not sign until at least January. Cashman was asked about his search for a pitcher and said this:

“We’re just gonna put our best foot forward, making sure we can share who we are and what we represent. Not just with the contract and the offer. We’ll try to make sure they understand what our culture is” The Yankees would have to break the bank for Cole, but Cashman makes it clear they want to do more than lure him with a big pay check.