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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/2/24

Looking back at other superstar’s Bronx debuts ahead of Juan Soto’s first season in New York; Yankees remain one of four teams not to guarantee a single dollar to a free agent this winter; Oswald Peraza hanging in limbo.

Aaron Judge Press Conference Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images

New York Daily News | Peter Sblendorio: We don’t know how many years Juan Soto will play in the Bronx, but we do know that 2024 will be his New York debut. He’ll join a long list of stars to come to the Bronx with massive expectations. A few of those stars had somewhat disappointing debuts; Alex Rodriguez and Giancarlo Stanton both put up quality numbers that nonetheless fell well short of their peak standards. Free agent imports like Jason Giambi and Mark Teixeira, however, turned in vintage seasons when they first donned the pinstripes.

MLB Trade Rumors | Anthony Franco: There’s still plenty of offseason left to go, but we’ve reached 2024 and the Yankees remain one of four teams to guarantee precisely $0 in free agent money this winter. The Cubs, Marlins, and Rockies also haven’t committed any money via free agent deals. This analysis of course leaves out the high-cost acquisition of Soto, but it’s still a little startling to see it laid out so plainly that the Yankees haven’t written a check yet.

New York Daily News | James O’Connell: Once one of the team’s most valued prospects, Oswald Peraza has fallen into limbo. The 23-year-old still has plenty of potential, but after a shaky showing in inconsistent playing time across 2023, it’s not clear what the best path forward is for Peraza and the Yankees. The most likely scenario involves Peraza backing up across the infield, spelling DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, and Anthony Volpe when needed. That could lead to another run of scattershot playing time, not necessarily the best thing for Peraza’s development as a talented young player.