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Around the Empire - Yankees news: 2/1/19

No decision “imminent” from Manny Machado; Yankees’ top outfield prospect has clear flaw; former infielder Neil Walker heads to Miami as infield market thins; Bryce Harper meets with Padres.

World Series - Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Five Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images | Mike Rosenstein: Remember when Manny Machado’s decision was due around the New Year? That was fun. The latest reports indicate that a resolution for Machado is “not imminent”. For the White Sox, Phillies, Padres, and Yankees, this means more waiting on the superstar infielder.

New York Post | Mark W. Sanchez: ESPN’s Keith Law’s Top-100 prospects list went up this week, and the Yankees placed just one prospect in the ranking. Noticeably absent was the talented but somewhat polarizing young outfielder Estevan Florial. The primary issue with Florial, it’s becoming apparent, is pitch recognition. The reports on Florial indicate that until he can fluidly differentiate between different types of pitches, he won’t be able to succeed at the highest levels.

MLB Daily Dish | Patrick Karraker: We saw another former Yankee sign elsewhere this week, with Neil Walker finding a home in Miami. Walker signed with the Derek Jeter-led Marlins for just $2 million, a pay-cut from the already relatively paltry sum he received from the Yankees last year. Also coming off the infield market was Freddy Galvis, who inked a one-year contract with the Blue Jays. | AJ Cassavell: Bryce Harper met with the Padres last night, reports indicate. The Padres appear to be in on the star free agent, along with the other known suitors like the Phillies, White Sox, and Nationals. The Yankees are nowhere to be found on Harper. Interesting that the seemingly lowly Padres have had at least rumored interest in Harper, Machado, and Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.