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Around the Empire - Yankees News 1/18/2020

CC Sabathia remains angry about 2017; only one Yankee cracks Bowden’s top prospect list; David Cone may join Sunday Night Baseball; Cubs inquired about Jacoby Ellsbury

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New York Post | Dan Martin: If you thought that CC Sabathia spoke his mind as a player, you should see him in his post-playing days. The recently-retired lefty has been very vocal about the Astros’ sign-stealing crisis, and believes that the Yankees were cheated out of a World Series championship — not just an appearance, as he believed the 2017 team would have beaten the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Athletic | Jim Bowden: (Subscription Required). Only one player made his way onto Jim Bowden’s Top 50 prospects list, and only then, just barely. Estevan Florial came in at number 50, due to his injury history taking off some of the shine on a prospect many consider to have All-Star caliber potential. Not a great showing for the Yankees, however. | Mike Rosenstein: The YES Network’s own David Cone may soon be finding himself on a national audience, as he has been in contact about the possibility of replacing Jessica Mendoza on Sunday Night Baseball. ESPN had apparently been impressed with the broadcaster’s work when Alex Rodriguez joined a YES broadcast for a few innings last season. Should Cone get a call to national coverage, it will be in addition to, and not instead of, his work on YES.

New York Post | Zach Braziller: Old acquaintance alert! The Chicago Cubs have apparently considered bringing in former Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury despite his two-year absence from the game due to injury. While the deal is a long shot despite the team’s apparent need for a leadoff hitter, there is some connection between the two, as former Red Sox General Manager, Theo Epstein, remains the Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations.