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Exciting week one updates from Yankees spring training

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Aaron Judge and Luke Voit take batting practice; Masahiro Tanaka weighs in on the offseason; Zack Britton shares his signing thought process

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Yankees pitchers and catchers report to spring training tomorrow, but Tampa is already buzzing with action. A significant number of players are in camp early, participating in workouts and meeting with the media. Here are a few items that caught our eye:

Aaron Judge, Luke Voit take batting practice

We have real life, actual baseball activities here. After a long offseason, I will take all the iPhone-quality videos of batting practice I can find. Judge will look for a healthy season. At this point he has an All-Star floor with MVP upside, so just avoid a freak injury like last year and watch him rake. Voit, meanwhile, hopes to show he wasn’t a flash in the pan and can hold down the first base job in the Bronx.

Masahiro Tanaka thinks Yankees had a strong offseason

Tanaka arrived to camp today, greeting the assembled media and signing autographs for fans. The right-hander thinks he can get ahead of the game this season thanks to an adjusted winter training regimen.

Additionally, Tanaka explained to Coley Harvey that he thinks the Yankees are “obviously a better team” after the offseason moves. The Bombers had an active winter, trading for James Paxton and signing the likes of DJ LeMahieu, Troy Tulowitzki, and Adam Ottavino. They also brought back Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ, and Zack Britton. It would have been nice to splurge on an elite free agent instead of spreading the wealth among secondary targets. Nevertheless, Tanaka thinks they did enough.

Britton had opportunity to close elsewhere

It was a big week for Britton, who informed the media that first name is actually Zack and he had offers to close before signing with the Yankees:

“You know, playing against the Yankees for seven years in Baltimore, I think I knew that they were going to build a winner. So, you always had a chance to win a World Series. And I think at this stage of my career, and the options I had out there, I could have gone and closed for a bunch of teams. But I felt like this was probably the team closest to winning the World Series. So that was the biggest draw.”