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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/15/18

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Aaron Judge is on the active roster, but has a limited role; Mike Francesa believes this is the worst 90-win Yankees team; A ‘lifetime’ offer could keep Trout from ever becoming a Yankee; John Sterling to swap with the Red Sox booth for an inning

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My kingdom for a fully healthy Aaron Judge come the postseason
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New York Post | Dan Martin: Aaron Judge is the man that all Yankee fans have their mind on. The team could use his return, and return he has. Well, almost. Judge was removed from the disabled list and placed on the active roster on Friday, though manager Aaron Boone has stated that he won’t be seeing at-bats yet and is only available for pinch-running situations and fielding. Hopefully this is the next step towards getting him back in the bomber lineup.

New York Post | Post Sports Deck: Mike Francesa is a man with many opinions on New York sports. The Yankees happen to be a New York sports team, and Francesa recently gave a negative opinion on the team’s performance seasonwide following their 3-1 loss to the Twins on Wednesday. Francesa has made the claim that these 2018 Yankees are the worst Yankees to ever eclipse 90 wins, which is a long list (62 to be specific).

NJ.com | Joe Giglio: Many folks are focusing on the free agent prizes looming after this season, but there have been rumblings regarding baseball’s best player, Mike Trout, and his availability following the 2020 season. The Yankees would be one of many teams that would seek out Trout’s services, whether through free agency or via trade if the Angels feel that they can’t extend him prior to his contract expiring. The Angels however are reportedly gearing up to offer Trout a ‘lifetime’ deal this offseason, that could use the contracts given out in this year’s free agent class as a floor.

Newsday | Neil Best: This is a short one, but it’s an intriguing situation. The Red Sox come into town next week, and the famous radio voice of the Yankees, John Sterling, will be jumping across the rivalry for an inning. Sterling will hop onto WEEI’s broadcast during the fourth inning of the Tuesday matchup, and Red Sox announcer Joe Castiglione will switch places with him on WFAN’s call.