Around the Empire: New York Yankees News - 2/27/13

Youkilis notices the new title too! - USA TODAY Sports

The Top 50 Yankee Prospects - Bronx Baseball Daily

Bronx Baseball Daily ranks the Top 50 prospects in the Yankees system. That sounds like a lot and most of them will probably have no impact on the organization, but it's interesting to learn about the less publicized prospects. Aside from the regular suspects, people like Rafael DePaula, RHP (#13), Angel Rincon, RHP (#18), Peter O'Brien, C (#20), Greg Bird, 1B (#22), and Daniel Camarena, LHP (#24) rank in the Top 25.

Contract Comparison Between A-Rod and Cano - ESPN

Brian Cashman will not take the Alex Rodriguez contract into consideration when dealing with Robinson Cano. Whatever value the team has gotten from the A-Rod contract is a separate issue and will have no bearing on negotiating a new contract with Cano.

Interview With a Tyler Austin - Bronx Pinstripes

Tyler Austin talks about what it has been like being drafted and now playing for his favorite team. He spoke about overcoming setbacks like injury and testicular cancer and how he will prepare for the coming season.

Internal Outfield Options - The Yankee Analysts

The Yankee Analysts point out that Zoilo Almonte and Melky Mesa are the two best in-house candidates to fill in for the injured Curtis Granderson. As a switch hitter, Almonte has been better against righties throughout his career, while Mesa has a reverse platoon split as a right-handed batter and has a much higher OPS against righties. Both seem to be able to take on the bulk of a platoon role, so both could end up thriving in the short time they are needed.

Make a Trade for an Outfielder - The Yankee Analysts

Conversely, they also believe it's time for a trade. Of the minor league outfielder options, like Melky Mesa, Zoilo Almonte, and Ramon Flores, Mesa is the only player with any Triple-A experience. Due to the lack of talent, the Yankees need to make a trade, but not for Alfonso Soriano. Casper Wells and Tyler Colvin are named as potential targets.

Think Logically About Soriano - NoMaas

NoMaas argues that trading for Alfonso Soriano would be a good idea if Granderson was projected to miss most of the season. He could even play a role on the team in 2014 when Granderson is gone. However, he is also too expensive, both in money and prospects to be a legitimate possibility.

Yanks Are Cautious With Kevin Youkilis - LoHud

Kevin Youkilis has a very mild oblique strain, but he says he feels fine and could go out and play. Following the injury to Granderson the Yankees are unlikely to take an chances at all when dealing with an injury. If Youk aggravates it and misses time then the team would be in serious trouble. As of right now, it's just a precaution.

Quick Hits:

Cast Your Vote: NoMaas has a fan poll up about who should replace Curtis Granderson in the outfield.

Over in Japan: Ex-Yankee teammates have flooded Japanese baseball with Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee both hitting in the same lineup on the Rakuten Eagles.

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