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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/29/21

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Masahiro Tanaka heads back to Japan; DJ LeMahieu knows what the Yankees need to do next; Corey Kluber meets with the media; Jameson Taillon says goodbye to Pittsburgh.

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ESPN: In case you missed it, Masahiro Tanaka signed with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of NPB, marking an end to his seven-year Yankee career. After signing with the Yankees in 2014, Tanaka became a beloved Yankee for his success on the mound and enjoyable personality.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Even though we’ve known about it for nearly two weeks, the Yankees’ reunion with DJ LeMahieu was made official within the last couple days. He met with the press on a Zoom call, he made it clear that he knows what the Yankees need to do next: win a World Series.

New York Daily News | Sarah Valenzuela: Corey Kluber was another who met the media on Thursday after his signing was made official. In his press conference, he talked about not only overcoming the physical issues that have hampered his past two seasons, but also the mental ones, and getting out of the “rehab mindset” and into game mode.

MLB.com | Jameson Taillon: Another piece the Yankees have added to try and accomplish that World Series goal is pitcher Jameson Taillon, who the acquired in a trade with the Pirates. This isn’t exactly Yankees-related, but here is a piece where the man himself says goodbye to the city and fans of Pittsburgh. It’s a very nice gesture from what seems like a very nice guy.