New York Yankees news, 5/12/20: Aaron Judge could walk in free agency, SI Yankees on verge of termination

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Apr 12, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) points to his teammates after scoring a run against the Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

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Ken Davidoff | New York Post: The Staten Island Yankees are on the verge of termination after downsizing has begun in the minor-league systems. While the public support has reigned in over their retention, the affiliate squad is hanging on by a thread.

“This team means so much to our borough,” Rose and Oddo wrote. “Not only does it offer jobs and a big economic boost, it provides civic pride and family fun. The impact the players have is evident on the faces of the children who show up at the ballpark every year — and that cannot be overstated.”

This has been an ongoing situation even before the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States in full force. The MLB was in talks to cut the number of minor-league teams and the SI Yankees were on the list, but the public won’t go down without a fight.

Joe Giglio | The Yankees have invested heavily in injury-prone players the past few seasons, and they could take a different route with slugger Aaron Judge and his eventual big-time contract. Straying away from their normal actions, the Yanks could refrain from dropping a boat-load of cash on a player who hasn’t played a full season in two years. His rookie campaign, three years ago, was the last time he featured in a full-time role. Judge is still recovering from a stress fracture in a rib, which could last another few weeks if not months. If he can’t leave a significant mark on the 2020 season, the Yankees will have to make a tough decision — one that’s already going to be tumultuous after carving out a section in the bleachers for him.

Andres Chavez | Empire Sports Media: Derek Jeter is at it again with his philanthropies, surprising an NYC doctor who has been battling the coronavirus on the front-lines. Jeter called her on Sunday, which was also Mother’s Day, to express his appreciation for her services during these difficult times. Jeter has continued to be active in the city that never sleeps.