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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/5/19

A deep dive into the team’s spending habits; Predicting the Opening Day roster; Boone learning lessons; Leiter takes job with Mets

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The Ringer | Zach Kram: Time for our favorite discussion topic: the Yankees’ spending habits. This piece takes a look at how the team is spending, but not as much as they can. Brian Cashman notably said they didn’t want to “line the pockets” of other teams, but as noted in this piece, that’s not how the luxury tax works. This is long, but a good read. Check it out. Also: obligatory Manny Machado and Bryce Harper mention. | Bryah Hoch: The Yankees didn’t have many questions about their roster coming into spring and so far not many new ones have emerged. This piece takes a first stab at predicting the Opening Day roster, barring injuries. Spoiler: Hoch thinks Luke Voit wins the starting first base job, while Greg Bird and Clint Frazier start their year in Scranton.

New York Post | George A. King III: One of the most intriguing storylines around the Yankees this year will be how Aaron Boone does in his second go-around managing the team. While his rookie campaign led to 100 wins and an ALDS appearance, there were still quite a few moments of frustration for fans, especially during the ALDS. Boone says he didn’t have any major takeaway from those games, but he’s learning new lessons every day. Let’s hope he’s ready.

New York Post | Zach Braziller: Back in January, Al Leiter said he’d be leaving the YES booth in order to be around more for his son Jack, who is playing baseball, and his three daughters. WELL, THAT WAS A LIE! Leiter has apparently accepted a job as a baseball operations adviser for the Mets. He will serve as “aid for the scouting and player development and focus on mental preparation for pitchers at every level of the organization.” MORE LIKE AL LIAR.