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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 3/26/15

SI's season preview; Warren is the favorite for the fifth starting spot; A-Rod is likely to get a full-time role; the Yankees are valued at $3.2 billion; Pirela seems to be feeling better.

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Sports Illustrated | Albert Chen: In SI's team preview for the Yankees, Chen lays out the possible struggles ahead for the 2015 team, as well as some possibility for excellence. Chen argues that while Brian Cashman has put together a strong relief core and a few breakout candidates, the older players will likely weigh the team down.

New York Post | George A. King III: According to Brian Cashman, Adam Warren is the clear favorite for the fifth rotation spot. After a very good relief stint in 2014 and an impressive spring performance, it's likely that he'll claim the spot.

FOX Sports | AP:  It seems like Alex Rodriguez is in consideration for a full-time role with the team, likely as the primary designated hitter. Cashman said that there was "...a lot of life in his bat", and that bodes well for his possible talent level this year.

Forbes | Mike Ozanian: Major League Baseball is now valued at $36 billion, and the Yankees remain the highest valued team at $3.2 billion. They're currently tied with the Dallas Cowboys as the most valuable U.S. sports team, and they're only behind Real Madrid ($3.44 billion) in the worldwide rankings. The Yankees' revenue is reported to be $500 million, and their operating income is $8.1 million. Overall, MLB franchise values have increased by 48%, the largest single-year increase since Forbes has started to collect this data.

ESPN New York | Wallace Matthews: Even though he suffered a concussion just this past Sunday, Jose Pirela is starting to feel better. All of the medical tests have come up negative, but Joe Girardi is going to handle this delicately until they are sure Pirela feels absolutely healthy.