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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/14/19

What’s next for the Yankees this offseason; Bombers walk away from Winter Meetings big winners; Gardner’s great clubhouse presence; Gregorius bids farewell

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SNY | Danny Abriano: The Yankees took care of their heavy lifting at the Winter Meetings, notably inking Gerrit Cole to a record-smashing contract. They also brought Brett Gardner back into the fold, so Brian Cashman got a lot done in San Diego. The Yankees can still do a lot between now and spring training, as Abriano notes. He suggests trading Clint Frazier and finding a backup catcher, for example.

Sports Illustrated | Matt Martell: Speaking of the Winter Meetings, holy cow, the Yankees cleaned up. Reeling in the top free agent on the market will always make it a good time, but when he’s arguably the best pitcher on the planet, too? No wonder why Aaron Boone had a good time out there. Credit also goes to the Angels and Scott Boras, among others.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Gardner re-upped with the Yankees on Thursday, and when he did, nearly everyone cited his clubhouse presence. Gardy carries with him a reputation for being an A+ teammate, as former Yankee and friend of the blog Chris Dickerson illustrates.

Now, if I may have your attention for a moment. Longtime readers of Pinstripe Alley know that whenever the Yankees win, we embed the Didi Victory Tweet in the next day’s news roundup. With Sir Didi heading to Philadelphia, that tradition sadly draws to a close. We do have one final message from Gregorius to the Yankees Universe: