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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/4/21

Jameson Taillon expresses his frustration with the league’s actions; Why Brett Gardner may, or may not, return to New York; Luke Voit, Aaron Judge among those already working out in Tampa.

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CBS Sports | Danny Vietti: In an interview with CBS Sports, recent trade acquisition Jameson Taillon expressed his frustration with MLB’s efforts to delay the season so close to the campaign’s scheduled start. Taillon, who was the Pirates’ MLBPA representative last year, pointed to the human aspect of the ordeal; it feels unfair of the league to push the season back now, long after so many players had made various logistical arrangements to be in Florida or Arizona in February. Indeed, in the modern version of MLB, it feels pretty ordinary for the league to step on a rake in a way that seems to simply neglect the fact that its employees are human beings.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Ackert spoke to an excited Luke Voit, as the first baseman, amped about last month’s re-signing of DJ LeMahieu, is already at the Yankees’ spring training facility in Tampa getting ready for the upcoming season. Aaron Judge, Mike Ford, and Michael King are also reportedly getting their reps in down in Florida. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have Voit’s brand of energy on site as the team begins the long process of preparing for the season.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: After renovating their pitching staff, it looked like the Yankees might cap off their offseason by bringing back their longest-tenured player, Brett Gardner. The veteran remains unsigned, however, and Davidoff runs down the reasons why he might still be out on the market. For one, the Yankees still need to make a corresponding move to clear space on the 40-man roster for Darren O’Day, so any further signing would require another player to be moved.