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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/11/20

Cashman says Torres was out of shape in 2020; Molina balks at Cardinals offer; former Yankee Phil Linz passes away at 81

American League Division Series Game 5: New York Yankees v. Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: Brian Cashman spoke about some of the things that he noticed from the 2020 season on Thursday, and one note he made was that Gleyber Torres did not enter spring “in the best shape.” Torres struggled for most of the year, though Cashman added that Torres got back in form for the final 20 games of the season leading into the playoffs. Physical improvements may help Torres at the plate, but much remains to be seen of how Torres handles the field, where Cashman admitted that he saw Torres as better at second.

CBS Sports | Matt Snyder and Mike Axisa: Not much came out from the Yankees’ camp throughout the Winter Meetings. The only thing of note about the team directly was that they had called to ask about Jameson Taillon and Josh Bell from the Pirates. Something that the team has their eye on, however, is Yadier Molina’s free agency, and some developments occurred there. Molina reportedly turned down an offer from the Cardinals, and though we don’t know what the details of the deal were it’s interesting to note that the two sides apparently aren’t that close currently.

New York Post | Dan Martin: In more somber news, former Yankee Phil Linz passed away on Wednesday at the age of 81. Linz won a ring on the 1962 Yankees, and was famous for an incident in the 1964 pennant race, when after getting swept by the White Sox in August, his harmonica playing on the team bus to the airport caused a scuffle with manager Yogi Berra.