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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/3/19

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Yankees are the second-highest spenders in free agency; Mo visits Cooperstown; Harper could be the new Reggie

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CBS Sports | Dayn Perry: Though this has been an underwhelming offseason in some ways, the Yankees have been more willing to spend than most. As Brian Cashman hinted earlier on, the Yankees chose to make more calculated moves, but still racked up a hefty bill of $124 million in free agency. So far, the Nationals have the top spot of the winter, outspending the second place Yankees by $65 million.

New York Post: Mariano Rivera made his first visit to Cooperstown since his Hall of Fame induction and the moment was not lost on him. As he puts it:

“I can’t comprehend it. It’s just amazing. Too much. It’s quite a journey from a fishing village to a place where the best of the best is.”

Mo made stops at some important plaques during his tour, including: Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Joe Torre, Whitey Ford, and Hoyt Wilhelm—his first pitching coach in the Gulf Coast League. Though it was an amazing day for the greatest closer in the history of baseball, why he chose to visit upstate New York during a Polar Vortex remains a mystery.

MLB.com | Mike Lupica: Is the Bronx the best landing spot for Bryce Harper? Mike Lupica seems to think so. Though there appears to be little-to-no interest in the star slugger from the Yankees, Lupica argues that even with the addition of Giancarlo Stanton last season, bringing on Harper’s lefty bat and bravado could usher in a new Reggie Jackson-esque era for the Bombers. It’s a long shot, but on this long, slow free agency Journey, we Don’t Stop Believin’.