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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/14/19

Luis Severino not looking forward to arbitration hearing; Jacoby Ellsbury starts 2019 same way he started 2018; CC Sabathia will hold press conf. to announce retirement after 2019; Masahiro Tanaka states that the Yankees are a better team than last year

I could have gone with the Ellsbury Thanos’d pic, but let us not forget this other TwittlessKunj gem

Newsday | Erik Boland: Luis Severino is potentially headed for arbitration this Friday, because of course he is. Sevy has asked for $5.25 million and the Yankees are offering $4.4 million, because of course they are. There is a chance that they will avoid this by signing Severino to an extension. The Phillies just gave Aaron Nola a four-year extension, which could possibly give both sides an idea of how to proceed. Now we just have to sit back, relax, and really hope that Randy Levine doesn’t say anything truly stupid or evil. Happy Valentine’s Day.

Newsday | Erik Boland: In yesterday’s most unsurprising news, Jacoby Ellsbury did not play one game in pinstripes in 2018 and his 2019 is starting off the exact same way, on the injured list. This continues his long string of injuries and it’s hard not to feel for the guy. Even healthy, at this point he’s pretty much a 5th outfielder though. Yankees RHP prospect Michael King is also expected to be shut down for a few weeks due to a stress reaction in his elbow. Just not a fun way to start the pre-season. | Anthony Castrovince: CC Sabathia is set to hold a press conference on Saturday in which he will announce his plans to retire after the 2019 season. It’s been a long road for the co-host of the R2C2 podcast. This article takes a look at the big man’s Hall of Fame chances.

New York Post | George A King III: Masahiro Tanaka is excited to get going. It’s probably the glow of the first day of pitchers and catchers reporting. Or it could just be that Tanaka is the best. In any case, Tanaka is pumped and he tells reporters that the team is better than last year with the new acquisitions made. He’s not wrong. Despite that, Tanaka knows that he has to step up and improve on his 2018 season.