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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/5/23

Baseball America releases its top ten Yankees list; Yamamoto to meet in person with teams in coming days; Neither Ohtani nor Yamamoto expected to sign at winter meetings; Soto talks could be stalled by Ohtani’s market

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Baseball America | Josh Norris: BA released their top 10 Yankees prospects list yesterday, and brought praise for the club’s outfield prospects. Jasson Dominguez comes in at number one, with Spencer Jones and Everson Pereira right behind. BA also appears high on young shortstop Roderick Arias, who slots in at number five. The Yankees’ top international signing in 2022, Arias hit well as an 18-year-old in the Florida Complex League last year.

If you’re a subscriber, make sure to read the bit on surprise addition Henry Lalane, a teenage pitcher in Rookie ball. If you’re not, this writeup and the Somerset Patriots’ Twitter feed will have to suffice.

MLB Trade Rumors | Leo Morgenstern: It was rumored that Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s plan was to engage with teams over Zoom or phone calls, before coming to the United States to meet in person with his final suitors. Yamamoto will reportedly begin those in-person meetings “within the next week,” according to the New York Post’s Mike Puma. That probably puts Yamamoto’s timeline for actually signing past the winter meetings, but it does seem like we’ll at least see movement on this front in the coming days.

New York Post | Jon Heyman: It also seems likely that Shohei Ohtani’s market won’t fully develop until after the winter meetings, bringing things to a bit of a standstill at the winter meetings. That includes the Yankees’ talks with the Padres on Juan Soto, as San Diego could opt to let the Ohtani sweepstakes play out before making a final decision on Soto, in hopes that teams spurned by Ohtani turn to a potential Soto trade as a fallback.

Also, although most of the buzz has connected the Yankees to players like Yamamoto, Cody Bellinger, and Juan Soto in the offseason’s early going, they’ve also been linked a couple times now to Wandy Peralta. Heyman reported that the Yankees are among “many teams” interested in the left-hander. Peralta was one of the team’s most reliable relievers over the last three seasons, running a 149 ERA+ in 153 innings.