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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/17/19

Luke Voit nears return; No innings limit for Domingo German; The potential 40-man casualties when Dellin Betances and Luis Severino return; Aaron Judge won’t fall in the batting order; Spending is good for winning.

New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images | Mike Rosenstein: The Yankees got a little more good news regarding one of their injured stars. Luke Voit did some pregame work on the infield and indicated that he felt good. He will reportedly start a rehab assignment some time next week. According to Jack Curry, Voit said he felt “in the clear” with regards to his injury. | Brendan Kuty: We’ve detailed Aaron Judge’s slump a few times, and the outfielder’s downturn has gotten to the point that Aaron Boone is being asked about whether Judge will get dropped in the order. Boone’s response so far has been a blunt “No.” For now, the Yankees manager has no plans to move Judge down as he works through perhaps the worst slump of his career.

New York Post | George A. King III: Brian Cashman discussed potential innings limits for Domingo German, and stated that “There are no innings limits when you are in October.” German has been the Yankees’ best starter this year, and it is somewhat heartening to hear that they have no plans to restrict the young right-hander’s usage in the playoffs. Cashman points to the fact that German missed some time due to a hip ailment as a reason that his innings don’t require a further artificial restriction. | Brendan Kuty: The returns of Luis Severino and Dellin Betances would be excellent for the Yankees, but it would be bad news for a few players currently on the 40-man roster. Players like Severino and Betances don’t use a spot on the 40-man when they are on the 60-Day IL, but once they return, space on the 40-man will need to be cleared. That could mean DFA’s for the likes of Breyvic Valera and Ryan Dull.

FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: Every year, Edwards takes a look at the correlation between player payroll and winning in MLB. This year, the correlation between spending and wins has been nearly as strong as it has been all decade, and the overall trend over the past few seasons has been toward more expensive teams finding more success. While there are certainly a few teams, like Tampa Bay, Cleveland, and Oakland, that have won recently with cheap payrolls, Edwards’ work indicates that the clearest path to contention is to spend money.