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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/10/19

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Rumors about the Manny Machado $220 million offer not confirmed; Yankees are confident in Gary Sanchez; Luke Voit has a lot to prove this year; Bombers not worried that their prospect rankings have dipped.

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NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Yesterday, rumors circulated that the Yankees offered Manny Machado $220 million. The source for this information was former Mets GM Jim Duquette. He later tweeted that he didn’t know if that was factually true or not, but that it was just a rumor that he heard.

New York Post | George A. King III: The Marlins finally traded J.T. Realmuto, and it obviously wasn’t to the Bombers. After the deal went through, we heard that Miami had wanted Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar for their catcher. Not pursuing Realmuto signaled their confidence in Sanchez. Brian Cashman recently confirmed that he’s the starting catcher, and they will proceed with caution as far as his recovery from shoulder surgery goes during spring training.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Luke Voit knows he has a lot to prove this year, but he’s up for the challenge and hoping to keep the first base job away from Greg Bird. He also discusses his path to the Yankees and what his first few weeks with the team were like after the trade.

New York Post | Greg Joyce: The Yankees don’t have one of the top farm systems anymore, but they’re not worried about it. The real goal isn’t to have the best system, but to win the World Series. The reason for the drop off is mostly due to the fact that their top prospects have become regular contributors at the major league level, and they’ve made big trades to bring in top talent like James Paxton.