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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/13/20

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An early look at the upcoming free agent class; A simulation of a shortened 2020 season; Aaron Judge can be the next Derek Jeter if he stays healthy

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NJ.com | Randy Miller: We haven’t even started the 2020 season yet, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming free agent class. The Yankees could be interested in a multitude of names, some of which include Joc Pederson, Michael Brantley, and even Didi Gregorius. New York will be looking at retaining pitchers James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka as well.

CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson: We’ve seen some rumors of proposals that have been brought up in order to start the baseball season in 2020. This article simulated a proposal of a 75-game season which consisted of the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. The Yankees won 46 games, and faced a surprising team in the World Series.

NJ.com | Bob Klapisch: Aaron Judge has been one of the best players in the MLB since making his debut in 2016. However, he has been hit with many injuries as he’s missed 110 games in the last two seasons. Judge has the potential to be looked at as the Yankees’ next Derek Jeter, but has to stay healthy before being referred to as the next Greg Bird.