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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/12/16

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Kaprielian to make AFL debut today; Blue Jays tried to acquire Beltran before Rangers; Looking at projected arbitration salaries for NYY players; Sabathia has surgery on knee; A-Rod dubs Miller best reliever in MLB; Holliday could make sense for Yanks

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LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Greg Bird, Dillon Tate, and Miguel Andjuar made their Arizona Fall League debuts yesterday. Tyler Wade won’t be an everyday player, and Gleyber Torres was on the bench for yesterday’s game though he should get into today’s game. Also making his debut and starting today will be James Kaprielian.

Dallas News | Gerry Fraley: Before he was traded to the Rangers, the Blue Jays were supposedly interested in acquiring Carlos Beltran from the Yankees. While it’s not sure exactly how far the talks, supposedly they were close to making a deal before Texas swooped in with the package they offered. Would have been interesting to see what a potential deal could have been for the Yankees to be willing to send him to a division rival.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Taking a look at the Yankees’ arbitration eligible players and their projected salaries. Some like Didi Gregorius and Dellin Betances are practically locks to get their raises, whereas the likes of Nathan Eovaldi and Dustin Ackley are likely to be non-tendered. Apparently Michael Pineda is in line for approximately $7.8 million, and while that seems like $10 million too much (you read this correctly), it actually may be worth it.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Last week it was reported that CC Sabathia would have a routine cleanup on his right knee. He had the surgery yesterday, and it seems everything went as expected. Sabathia should be ready for the beginning of spring training. Praise be.

New York Daily News | John Harper: Alex Rodriguez has officially tabbed Andrew Miller as the best reliever in baseball, even ahead of Aroldis Chapman. Which shouldn’t really come as a surprise because it was true even when all three were Yankees, and it’s still true now. We’ll always have that 105 mph pitch that was called a ball.

NJ.com | Joe Giglio: With a $17 million team option that’s unlikely to be picked up, Matt Holliday is likely to become a free agent. If he does, should the Yankees be interested? He has power potential, can play first, and could end up being Beltran 2.0, it might not be such a bad idea as a stop-gap.

Fun Questions

  • Does Matt Holliday make sense for the Yankees?
  • Who do you think is the best dressed athlete?

Song of the Day

These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ by Nancy Sinatra

It’s Fashion Week on Pinstripe Alley. I keep saying, I got something for you. Something I call a Song of the Day. While the Jessica Simpson version could have sufficed as well, I decided to stick with this. You may have thought that version is better, but what’s right is right and you ain’t been right yet. As always, please link us your song of the day.