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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/9/21

David Cone gets ready for 2021; Miggy still has a chance; AL East X-factors; Clint Frazier’s defensive improvements

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees-Game 2 Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports | Brendan Kuty: The Yankee pitching staff is the source of a lot of conversation around the league these days, with Jameson Taillon and Corey Kluber impressing in their first outings of exhibition. One of the most valued voices to weigh in on the staff this year is going to be YES broadcaster David Cone, whose in-depth analysis from the booth is one of the best parts of every game. Yesterday, Coney chatted with Kuty, giving his thoughts on the fifth-starter race and the team’s potential ceiling.

New York Post | Dan Martin: If Miguel Andújar has a future on the Yankees, he likely has to end up a utility defender, with Gio Urshela locked in at third base. Andújar can still see occasional time at third, but with a whole bunch of outfielders also in camp, chances on the grass are going to be few and far between.

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: The Yankees may be the best team in the AL East, but each team has an X-factor to watch in spring training and throughout the season that could turn the division on its head. For the Yankees, it starts with Taillon and Kluber being on the field. | Bryan Hoch: Clint Frazier went from a man without a position to a Gold Glove finalist, and while he might not actually be one of the three best defensive left fielders in the AL, he’s displaying more and more of the top prospect potential that he flashed in the minors. The defensive improvement is especially remarkable, and Frazier went deep with Hoch on where and how the defense came from.