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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/27/21

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Deivi García demoted to Triple-A; Forbes ranks Yankees as MLB’s most expensive team; Former Yankees manager gives praise to Jordan Montgomery; 61* cast reunites

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Sports Illustrated | Max Goodman: Just before the Yankees’ game on Friday night, they announced a notable roster move. No, it wasn’t anything about Jay Bruce or Derek Dietrich — not yet anyway. Instead, top pitching prospect Deivi García was demoted to Triple-A Scranton. With less than a week to go before Opening Day, the starting rotation is taking shape, as this all but locks in Domingo Germán as the team’s fifth starter come April 1st. García is sure to return to the team at some point when injuries strike or the team wants to give another starter a breather, but Germán did his part by blanking his opponents in all three spring outings, striking out 13 over 9 innings.

Forbes | Mike Ozanian: No MLB team is currently worth more than the New York Yankees. The Bombers, worth $5.25 billion, are up five percent over last year. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox round out the top three in the league. The Yanks are just one of three North American teams worth at least $5 billion, with the Dallas Cowboys at $5.7 billion, and the New York Knicks at $5 billion).

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: Jordan Montgomery has had a very good spring. In 10 frames, he’s struck out seven batters, allowing just four hits, and one run. Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi has some high praise for New York’s big lefty pitcher. “Sometimes what you see in spring training isn’t real,” Girardi said. “But what we saw from him in spring training was real. And I believe he’s going to be a successful big-league starter for a long time.”

SNY: It’s hard to believe, but it’s now been 20 years since Billy Crystal released 61*, his HBO movie about Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle’s 1961 home run race. To celebrate the anniversary, SNY and Sweeny Murti reunited Crystal with executive producer Ross Greenburg and actors Thomas Jane and Barry Pepper, who played the M&M Boys. Later, Roger’s son Kevin joined the call to talk about what the Maris family thought of the movie. It’s a great trip down memory lane for those who remember this film.