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Yankees ownership opens up about Machado dinner; First impressions from James Paxton; Biggest questions for 2019 season

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NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Remember that infamous dinner attended by Manny Machado and Yankees ownership? Although nothing has come of it ,Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman had nothing but good things to say about the meeting with Machado when speaking on Thursday. Could this hint at any last bit of Yankees interest in Machado, or did Manny simply enjoy a free meal courtesy of the Yankees?

New York Post | Greg Joyce: Pitchers and catchers must report to the Yankees’ complex in Tampa Bay in six days, but James Paxton has already gotten a jump on things by arriving to Tampa early. Paxton opened up about the trade, his first impressions of several teammates, and his expectations for the season. You can also get your first glimpse of Paxton without his signature beard.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Spring training is right around the corner, but the Yankees still have a good deal of internal and external question marks up in the air. Take a look at some of the team’s biggest x-factors and keys for success here.