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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/5/20

The Yankees’ 2018-2019 offseason was among the league’s best; Frazier must climb a steep hill onto the roster; Yankees sign Herrera.

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: Trying to name winners and losers of free agency immediately following it is a fool’s errand, but after a year, we have a bit more clarity. Sherman ranks Brian Cashman’s performance in the 2018-2019 winter as second only to the World Series champion Washington Nationals, as it filled multiple holes and gave the Yankees financial flexibility to sign Gerrit Cole this winter. | Randy Miller: Even with the extra bench spot added this year as rosters expand to 26 players, Clint Frazier remains a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster. With his inability to play center field and the acquisition and breakout of Mike Tauchman, multiple injuries will likely need to occur for him to find playing time, unless he can force the issue with his bat and show continued improvement in the outfield.

MLB Trade Rumors | Jeff Todd and Anthony Franco: Even with the around-the-clock coverage of Major League Baseball, some minor moves fall through the cracks throughout the offseason. One of them involves the Yankees’ acquisition of utilityman Rosell Herrera. Having played six different positions (second, third, short, and all three outfield spots) in 149 career games over the last two seasons, the 27-year-old remains an unlikely contributor, and will likely serve as minor-league depth.