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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/14/23

A new spring training showcase; Yamamoto meets with Dodgers, Ohtani; Compliments for the Yankees development staff

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ESPN | Jeff Passan: A fun new addition to the spring training schedule is a new series of all-prospect games to showcase some of the league’s best young talent called “Spring Breakout.” The event will take place from March 14-17 in a game that will be part of a doubleheader with regularly scheduled contests. The whole point of this is to better market minor league players, with all 30 teams participating in this event.

As of now, this is a trial event, but if it’s successful, the kind of potential it will have is limitless. The Yankees’ best prospects will play on March 16th at George M. Steinbrenner Field against the Blue Jays’ top minor leaguers at 4:05pm ET.

MLB Trade Rumors | Anthony Franco: The Yankees have quite a few rivals in the race to sign superb NPB pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and one of them got to use an ace in the hole during a recent meeting. The Dodgers met with Yamamoto on Tuesday, and yesterday, it was reported that a few players got to sit down with him as well: All-Stars Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Will Smith as well as the newest Dodger of them all, Shohei Ohtani. The two-time MVP might have signed a monster deal with LA, but he structured it so that the Dodgers could continue to compete for big names like Yamamoto. We can only hope that the case Ohtani and company made to Yamamoto wasn’t convincing enough.

Spotify | The Prospect Bar-B-Cast: On yesterday’s episode of Sirius XM’s Prospect Bar-B-Cast with Jake Mintz, Jordan Shusterman, and Mike Ferrin, the trio discussed some notable names dealt in recent trades. That quickly led to a discussion of the Yankees’ development team, as the team has dipped into their depth to address their current roster. The Juan Soto trade caught headlines, but the podcast used the Trey Sweeney trade as an example. Although the system has its flaws, they have been quietly good at building up the kind of intriguing minor leaguers that other teams are interested in acquiring.