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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/21/19

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Tulo committed to comeback in 2019; LeMahieu ready to play wherever Yankees want him; Beltran’s impact in the early days of camp; Andujar touting new footwork at third.

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ESPN | Coley Harvey: Troy Tulowitzki had a lot of time on his hands in 2018, sitting out the season due to injury. He says that it was hard to be out that long, but he’s come out better for it. He also had time to watch the Yankees a lot, and Tulo knew that heading into free agency the Yankees were the place he wanted to be, and for the whole year. The no-trade clause he got for his one-year deal may seem odd, but the trade that took him from Colorado to Toronto took him by surprise, and he doesn’t want to be in that situation again.

NY Post | George A. King III: One of the other new infielders for the Yankees is DJ LeMahieu, and he’s coming into camp ready to roll with the new role he’s been given. A longtime second baseman, LeMahieu has already been taking groundballs at short and third in preparation to be the team’s super utilityman, and the 30-year-old is confident that given a good spring training and enough reps, he will perform well across the infield.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Carlos Beltran is a familiar face in the clubhouse, but this time he isn’t competing for a spot in the lineup. Instead, he’s been tutoring the young Yankee players in camp under an advisory role after taking the last year away from baseball. Beltran was a candidate at one point in the Yankees’ managerial search last year, and is getting his first chance at working with players now that his playing days are over.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: With the Machado buzz officially done, we can safely assume Miguel Andujar is going to be manning the hot corner for the foreseeable future. Of course, there have been concerns about Andujar’s defense after his first full season in the majors, and he is coming into camp having already begun work on improving it. Most of the focus has been on getting Andujar’s first reaction to the ball to improve, allowing for the rest of his motion to be cleaner and reduce the amount of errors he can accrue over the season.