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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/28/20

Aaron Boone tells Miguel Andujar to get ready to play first; Garcia and Dominguez among BP’s Top 101; Astros reportedly considering former Yankee manager

MLB: Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports | Joe Giglio: The Yankees indicated earlier this winter that the third base job was Gio Urshela’s to lose. That looks even more clear, as the Yankees reportedly told Miguel Andujar to expect work at two new positions, first base and left field. Adding a level of versatility to his game might be Andujar’s best chance at getting back into the Bombers’ lineup regularly.

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: Hall of Fame season might be over, but there are many more such seasons to come. Jaffe runs down what the ballot will look like in the coming years, and highlights what will be some interesting cases for former Yankees. Alex Rodriguez will hit the ballot come 2022, and the recently retired CC Sabathia is slated to do so in 2025. | Mike Rosenstein: The two teams rocked by MLB’s sign-stealing scandal, the Astros and Red Sox, are still without managers. There’s buzz that Houston will soon pick a new steward, with some big-name candidates in the running. Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker, a pair of fairly old-school managers, are reportedly among the favorites, as well as former Houston catcher Brad Ausmus.

Baseball Prospectus | BP Prospect Staff: In case you missed it, Baseball Prospectus posted their top 101 prospects for 2020, unlocked behind the site’s paywall. The Yankees placed two prospects on the list, with Deivi Garcia clocking in at 24, and Jasson Dominguez coming in at 46. This marks an interesting break from MLB Pipeline’s list, which had Clarke Schmidt ranked essentially level with Garcia, and Dominguez ahead of both of them.