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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/14/16

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Figueredo shot and killed; Solano re-signed to MiLB deal; Gardner and Headley could be on the block again; NYY and MLB should raise awareness and donate to domestic violence charities

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New York Daily News: Yankees prospect Alexander Figueredo was devastatingly shot and killed in Venezuela on November 27th. The Yankees confirmed the incident yesterday. Figueredo was only 20 years old, and though he missed the entire 2016 season (unknown why) he pitched well in 2015 for the Yankees organization in the Dominican Summer League. Thoughts go out to his family. Rest in peace.

Pinstriped Prospects | Robert M. Pimpsner: 2017 World Series: secured. Yankees legend Donovan Solano is back with the organization on a minor league deal. Solano spent the majority of last season in Triple-A with the RailRiders, but did eventually make his way into some major league games in September. Before joining the Yankees last season, Solano spent five seasons in the Marlins organization, appearing in 361 major league games.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: BREAKING NEWS: Brett Gardner is on the trading block, along with Chase Headley. After Chapman, the Yankees are finished as far as any “big” signings are concerned. However, they do remain interested in bolstering their bullpen even further and are reportedly interested in setup men Boone Logan and Brad Ziegler. However, before committing any more salary to anyone else, the Yankees are looking to shed some salary by exploring deals to trade Gardner and/or Headley. Wow a “Gardner on the trading block” rumor? I, for one, am shocked. Shocked.

ESPNW | Kavitha Davidson: The Yankees should use the Aroldis Chapman signing as an opportunity to do more in the name of domestic violence. Regardless of where you stand on Chapman specifically, domestic violence is way too large and serious of an issue in sports and in the world. The Yankees, and MLB for that matter, should take the lead on not only raising awareness but also donating money to charities and foundations that desperately need it to battle this awful pattern of behavior. (Note: Please don’t confuse this article to be an anti-Chapman thing, it is not.)

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