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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/21/19

It may be now or never if the Yankees want Lindor; Bombers fire strength and conditioning coach; Kyle Higashioka is ready to take his game to the next level; Cashman and Boone could be on the hot seat if the Yankees don’t win with Cole.

Cleveland Indians v Washington Nationals Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images | Mike Rosenstein: Even though the Yankees made a big splash with the signing of Gerrit Cole, they may have the chance to make an even bigger splash in regards to Francisco Lindor. It’s been reported that the Cleveland Indians are telling clubs who are interested in trading for Lindor that they want each team’s final offer so they can make an assessment over the weekend. It may be now or never if the Yankees want the 26-year-old shortstop.

New York Post | George A. King III: The Bombers reportedly fired their strength and conditioning coach, Matt Krause. After the bizarre number of injuries suffered in 2019, I think we can all agree that this was the right move.

NY Daily News | Bradford William Davis: The Yankees lost Austin Romine as their backup catcher to the Detroit Tigers via free agency, but Kyle Higashioka is ready to take his place and believes his time is now. Higashioka has had minimal chances to showcase his talent at the major league level, but he now sees this as a prime opportunity to breakout. | Mike Rosenstein: Signing Gerrit Cole was the top priority for the Yankees this offseason. Both Cole and the Yankees believe that the signing can lead to a few championships. However, if New York doesn’t win with Cole, Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman could both be in danger of losing their jobs.