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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/7/19

MLB considering many rule changes ahead of 2019; Frazier begins his pre-spring training workouts; Boone says Judge’s comments on Harper were just Super Bowl fun

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ESPN | Jeff Passan: Major League Baseball and the Player’s Association are currently in talks over a host of potential rules changes ahead of the 2019 season. Some of these could happen this year, some could get tabled until next year and beyond, but they’re all up for discussion now. Among the many ideas getting thrown around, there are proposals for a universal designated hitter, a three-batter minimum for relievers to face, a unified trade deadline, and other significant changes.

ESPN | AP: Spring training isn’t here yet, but some Yankees are getting a head start on their workouts. One of those players is Clint Frazier, who is coming back after a concussion-plagued season in 2018. Frazier ran down balls in the outfield and participated in batting practice, taking his first steps toward competing for a roster spot.

NY Post | Mike Puma: Aaron Judge made some noise over the weekend for a comment regarding Bryce Harper, mentioning that he would move over from right field if Harper took the spot. Aaron Boone was asked about Judge’s comment, and made it clear that Judge in center field is not something the Yankees are considering. Boone believes that the Harper comments were a little bit of fun to be had during the Super Bowl but not anything serious.