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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/16/24

Yankees agree to a deal with no. 15 international prospect; Wang voted to Taiwan Baseball Hall of Fame; update on Yankees’ luxury tax payroll; Judge catches some playoff football

Chinese Taipei v Cuba - World Baseball Classic Second Round Pool 1 Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images

MLB.com | Jesse Borek & Jesús Cano: The Yankees have reportedly agreed to a deal with the number 15 international prospect in this year’s class, Francisco Vilorio. The contract figures have not yet been announced by the team. Vilorio is an outfield prospect who projects to be a bat in the middle of the lineup. The 17-year-old sports a tall frame, standing at 6-foot-4, and could project to be a center fielder unless he gets taller or his defensive capabilities appear to fit better on one of the corners in the grass.

Check out Andrew’s roundup yesterday for all of the Yanks’ 2024 international signee news.

New York Daily News | Gary Phillips: For the first time in franchise history, the Yankees are going to surpass a $300 million competitive balance tax (CBT). It wasn’t so long ago that Hal Steinbrenner said he didn’t feel as if a team should need that much money to win a championship, although he didn’t rule out the possibility of spending that much. And now, he has.

World Baseball Softball Confederation: Former Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang has been inducted into the Taiwan Baseball Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility. Our 98th-ranked player in Yankees history finished second in Cy Young voting his second year with the Yankees and won 19 games two seasons in a row (2006, 2007), starting at least 30 games in those years as well. A baserunning injury that wouldn’t have been possible today derailed his career in 2008 and he never really recovered, though he did win a World Series ring in 2009 while on the shelf and he ultimately came back to pitch for the Nationals, Blue Jays, and Royals. Wang was also a standout for Taiwan on the international stage, helping them win a silver medal at the 2002 Asian Games and playing at the 2004 Olympics and 2013 World Baseball Classic. Congratulations to him!

NJ.com | Jimmy Hascup: The NFL playoffs are officially underway, and that means celebrities and athletes alike are attending games, even in the coldest of conditions. While Taylor Swift attended a game at icy-cold Arrowhead, the real stars of the show, Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres, were in attendance for the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The last time Judge was in attendance for a Buccaneers playoff game, his future was uncertain, as he was still an unrestricted free agent.