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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/18/16

Brian McCann is still a question mark; MLB is pushing for an international draft; keep an eye on Dillon Tate during the AFL; the Yankees have four internal candidates for the RF position

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New York Post | George A. King III: Brian McCann raises some interesting question this offseason. Do the Yankees keep him as their backup to the Gary Sanchez? Does McCann request a trade and welcome Braves fans to their new stadium? Does Austin Romine remain to replace McCann? What of Kyle Higashioka? Can Greg Bird catch? It’s going to be a long offseason.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Word broke yesterday of a potential game changer in term of the international market, as MLB is considering implementing an international player draft. This would be a huge departure from the current method of acquiring international talent, one which the Yankees have had some success with. Gary Sanchez, Jorge Mateo, Luis Severino, and other players were acquired via the current system. Stay tuned for this one, folks.

Baseball America | Bill Mitchell: Much of the focus during the trade season has been on the players obtained in the Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman trades. Dillon Tate, acquired in the Carlos Beltran deal to the Rangers, is still definitely one to watch. He is currently pitching in the Arizona Fall League. He still has some location issues to hammer out, but it seems his velocity is back. Give this a read.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: The right fielder position is currently up for grabs for 2017. It is anyone’s guess who claims it at this point in time. The Yankees have some internal options for the position. Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin, Rob Refsnyder, and Aaron Hicks will most likely all compete for the job in spring training.

Fun Question

Song of the Day

Jenny from the Block by Jennifer Lopez

It’s 2003 Week on Pinstripe Alley. Aaron Boone hit that amazing home run in the Bronx 13 years ago. This song celebrates another Bronx resident, reminding us not to be fooled by the rocks that she’s got. The Yankees have quite a few rocks of their own. As always, please link us your song of the day.