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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/25/19

Yankees pitch to save Staten Island affiliate; Mark Teixeira believes the Yankees have a chance at Gerrit Cole; Notable prospect left off Baseball America’s top-10 list.

Staten Island Yankees v Batavia Muckdogs

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Major League Baseball is considering a dramatic restructure of the minor leagues that would involve cutting over 40 teams. Among the teams included are the Staten Island Yankees, the short-season-A-ball affiliate of the Yankees. Yankees president Randy Levine commented on the issue, stressing that no decisions have been made and that the Yankees fully support keeping their affiliate around. Downsizing is never fun, especially when it involves teams worth billions of dollars, so here’s to hoping that the league can figure things out and keep providing jobs and opportunities to minor leaguers across America. | Joe Giglio: Mark Teixeira is one of the most notable players the Yankees have swooped in to “steal” from another team in free agency, and he thinks there’s a chance the Yankees could do it again with Gerrit Cole. While Teixeira was adamant that he doesn’t think Cole’s first choice is to come to New York, he said he’d advise him to call the Yankees before making a decision – you never know what they’ll offer. Teixeira said he doesn’t believe the Yankees will be outbid, but it’s still unclear if the Yankees of 2019 will operate like the Yankees of 2008 in free agency. | Brendan Kuty: Baseball America (subscription required) released its top 10 prospects for each team last week, and there was one notable admission from the list: former No. 1 team prospect Estevan Florial wasn’t even ranked in the team’s updated top-10 list. It’s been a tough two years for Florial, who has struggled with injuries and has seen his power vanish. Still, he’s a blazing baserunner and a solid defensive player who was a top-50 MiLB prospect just last year, so it might be too early to fully give up on Florial.