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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/8/2020

Yankees not involved in current sign-stealing scandals; Boone and team hungry after ALCS exit; Andujar “good to go” in offseason recovery

MLB: ALCS-New York Yankees at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

SNY | Andy Martino: The sign-stealing scandal consuming the offseason has grown to a larger scale recently. The Red Sox have also been accused of stealing signs electronically and are being investigated just as the Astros investigation nears its conclusion. The Red Sox also had a previous incident with sign-stealing in 2017 against the Yankees and a claim was made there that the Yankees had engaged in the practice with YES Network cameras. Not only was that claim found false, but the Yankees are not currently under investigation and have no allegations of crossing the line MLB set on the issue before the 2018 season.

NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Aaron Boone has enjoyed his time off in the winter, but has slowly been licking the wounds of the Yankees’ ALCS defeat. Boone said that while he expects professional athletes to not need much of a push to compete, coming just short of their goal will hopefully give his players a slight edge coming into the 2020 season. | Brendan Kuty: One of the players that could help give them that edge is Miguel Andujar, who is progressing in his offseason workload. Boone described Andujar as “good to go” coming into spring with a competition for the third base job. The manager plans to fly into the Dominican Republic soon along with some coaches to work with Andujar hands-on and get a look at how he’s progressed.