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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/29/2019

Andujar should be healthy for spring training; Who is on the hot seat on the Yankees’ roster?; Betts may be staying in the AL East

MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Brendan Kuty: Brian Cashman has developed a roster that is already considered the favorite to win the World Series in 2020. Yet, it’s not only the Yankees in general that are on the hot seat to deliver success, but several specific Yankee players. The players that are under the most pressure to perform according to Kuty are Gerrit Cole, J.A. Happ, Gio Urshela, Clint Frazier, and Luke Voit. Honorable mentions are Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton as they head into free agency.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Spring training is getting closer and closer, and as it nears, Yankee fans have been given some good news. Aaron Boone said at the Pinstripe Bowl that Miguel Andujar should be ready to go by spring training. Going into 2020 Yankee fans knew he would be competing with Urshela for the third base job; now we know they’ll be able to start competing right as camp opens. | Joe Giglio: There were lots of rumors at the beginning of the offseason regarding the Red Sox trading star outfielder Mookie Betts. As the year winds down and Betts remains on the roster, some doubts are beginning to enter experts minds. There have been some possible destinations rumored throughout the offseason such as the Dodgers. Now, however, it seems like he may be staying put in Boston, which certainly makes things more difficult for the Yankees.