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Yankees Execs Traveling To China To Explore Opportunities

Cashman Joining Yankees
Contingent Taking Trip To Asia
Yankees execs will travel to China next week to “explore opportunities, both baseball and business,” according to Murray Chass of the N.Y. TIMES. The group — which includes Yankees President Randy Levine, GM Brian Cashman, and Assistant GM Jean Afterman — will establish contacts, “determine the most likely source of future talent and very likely initiate conversations about future working agreements, like the one they have with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.” The Yankees “have singled out China because it could be the next plush source of talent,” and the team “could be the first major league team to open an academy” in the country. After spending “a week or so in China, they will visit Japan and their Japanese partners.” The trip is being made “with the blessing” of MLB. By “enhancing their brand in China, the Yankees won’t directly benefit financially because revenue from any merchandise sold in any country” is subject to revenue sharing (N.Y. TIMES, 1/25).

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