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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/9/21

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Michael Kay growing frustrated with Yankees’ offseason approach; legendary Yankees foe passes away; Joe DiMaggio’s almost Seinfield cameo; Mets add former Yankees.

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New York Post | Justin Terranova: Michael Kay may be the lead Yankees’ broadcaster on YES, but he let loose some frustration with the team. On his radio show, he became frustrated with the Yankees’ patient approach this offseason, especially in regards to DJ LeMahieu. In the wake of the Francisco Lindor trade, the Yankees have one less option if they don’t end up re-signing LeMahieu.

MLB.com | Ken Gurnick: Legendary Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda passed away on Thursday at the age of 93. He led them from 1976 to 1996, meaning his teams did battle against the Yankees in the World Series on three separate occasions. The Yankees got the best of the Dodgers on two occasions (1977 and ‘78), with LA getting a measure of revenge in the third (‘81).

Page Six | Nicki Gostin: The sitcom “Seinfeld” featured several references and cameos related to the Yankees during its time on the air. There was very nearly another one featuring a franchise legend. After the show referenced him, Joe DiMaggio nearly made an appearance at the prodding of his family. He eventually decided against it, however.

MLB.com | Anthony DiComo: Old friends alert. The Mets have made some more additions in the aftermath of their Lindor and Carlos Carrasco acquisition. They’re not quite at the level of those two, but they are names familiar to us Yankees fans. The Mets have added both Brandon Drury and Stephen Tarpley as depth in recent days.