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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/5/20

Miguel Andujar’s importance in 2020; Joe Girardi recounts 2018 meeting with Cashman; players meet with union head; Yankees scout passes away.

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New York Daily News | Bradford William Davis: Going into spring training, there was some intrigue around what the Yankees were going to do with Miguel Andujar. The Yankees have a lot of decent options all over the field, and with Andujar’s defensive struggles, it wasn’t clear exactly where he fit in. However, a couple weeks into spring training, we’ve already seen some injuries, and Andujar still might be an integral part of the Yankees’ 2020 season. | Randy Miller: As you might guess, Joe Girardi wasn’t particularly pleased when the Yankees let him go after the 2017 season. It took a 2018 meeting and conversation he had with Brian Cashman to clear the air.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Yankees’ players met with union head Tony Clarke, and you’ll never guess what one of the topics of conversation was. In an apparently “heated” meeting, several Yankees expressed frustration about the punishment from the Astros’ banging scheme.

Yahoo Sports | Jason Owens: The Yankees had to make a sad announcement on Wednesday, when they tweeted of the death of scout Kelly Rodman. In addition to being a trailblazer as one of just three female scouts in baseball, she seems to have been a wonderful person. Our condolences to her family and friends.