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

Stanton ready for year two; Betances focused on newborn, World Series; Sevy talks deGrom...maybe?; MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 Prospects

MLB: New York Yankees-Workouts Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports | Bryan Hoch: As position players officially reported yesterday, a lot of eyes were on Giancarlo Stanton. Anticipation for the former MVP’s second year in pinstripes is pretty high. Stanton and manager Aaron Boone think that he’ll be even better in 2019 because he has a year of experience in the AL East under his belt. He also took a second to throw some 2hade at the Marlins:

“It’s more just playing games that matter; games when you’re in it past May 7, which I’d never done,” Stanton said. “That’s the biggest difference.

”Every single game, win or loss, is huge -- for a season.”

He’s not wrong. | Bryan Hoch: It doesn’t look like Dellin Betances will be getting that extension the Yankees discussed earlier in the offseason, though his agent has admitted to having those conversations, so never say never. Right now, though, Betances is just focused on his newborn son and helping the Yankees win a World Series. Betances adds that he approves of the Yankees moves this offseason, even though he “urged” them to sign Manny Machado. | Randy Miller: When Luis Severino learned that Jacob deGrom is considering limiting his innings this year if he does’t get a multi-year contract extension, he was confused. He said that he would never threaten to hold out if he were in that situation and essentially wondered what deGrom was upset about since he’s set to make $17 million. Severino later said he wasn’t talking about deGrom specifically, even though he supposedly said his name and referred to his salary. | Jim Callis: Finally, we get MLB Pipeline’s assessment of the top 30 prospects in the Yankees system. This breakdown includes a straight list as well as a breakdown of some of the best tools and then goes further in highlighting the prospects by position and how they came into the organization. I particularly enjoy the graphic showing the top 10 prospects for the last nine years.