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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/22/23

New bench coach hired; co-frontrunners for Lee; understanding the analytics department; Ohtani sweepstakes

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New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images | Thomas Harrigan: Brad Ausmus has a lot of coaching experience. While he hasn’t had much success leading a team, he won’t have to with the Yankees. Ausmus has signed on as bench coach, replacing Carlos Mendoza, who took the Mets managerial job just a few weeks ago. Ausmus played for four teams in his 17-year career, and also has had four different coaching jobs before being hired for this one.

NJ Advanced Media | Jimmy Hascup: Jung-hoo Lee is coming to Major League Baseball and has a shot at garnering a near nine-figure contract. The Yankees are in need of a left-handed outfielder who can play center field. Lee provides both of those. He may not have overwhelming power, but he will bring a special hit tool. His gap to gap power profile would play nicely in the lineup and his price will be significantly less than Cody Bellinger, the highest-profile outfielder on the market.

NY Daily News | Gary Phillips: This is some fantastic journalism and a good lesson on how to do math. Depending on your perspective, Brian Cashman’s claim of having the smallest analytics department in the AL East may have come as a surprise, and probably for good reason. Depending on how you define which title is considered in the analytics department and which isn’t, this department is likely a bit bigger than what Cashman suggested. In fact, the Yankees have the second-highest number of “analysts” in the division.

The Athletic | Zack Meisel and Andy McCullough: Even a few weeks into free agency, there is no clarity as to what Shohei Ohtani’s preferences will be in terms of fit, or even money. Other than Ohtani’s documentary that released last week, the public has not heard from him since the beginning of August. Meisel and McCullough report that nobody has a clue what he wants. Even when talking to players around the league, they have no idea how to put themselves in Ohtani’s decision. Their experiences are nothing like his. The Yankees are cited multiple times in the piece as a potential suitor, but that doesn’t mean anything. At the very least, it’s good they haven’t ruled themselves out like the Mariners.