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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/19/16

Mateo out to prove himself to doubters; Posada won’t be on HoF ballot for long; Gallegos could make bullpen in 2017; Yanks could be next Cubs

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Around the Empire | Brendan Kuty: With his blazing fast speed, it’s no surprise that Jorge Mateo was quickly making a name for himself among Yankee fans. However, the last year was probably forgetful for him. From being suspended for violating a team policy to being overshadowed by Gleyber Torres, who was acquired at the trade deadline, it wasn’t the best year for Mateo. However, Mateo is now out to prove doubters wrong and will do whatever it takes to make his dream of becoming a major leaguer come true.

Sports Illustrated | Jay Jaffe: This year is the first time that Jorge Posada is eligible for the Hall of Fame. Even though he holds a special place in Yankees’ fans hearts, Posada isn’t likely to stay on the ballot for a long time. While he emerged as one of the game’s best hitting catchers, as age caught up with him his numbers behind the plate diminished. If he stayed healthier and was able to catch more during his last four years, he’d certainly have a stronger case. Unfortunately it seems he doesn’t have a ticket to Cooperstown.

Minor League Ball | Wayne Cavadi: Giovanny Gallegos has been a name that’s come up quite a bit in conversation thanks to a “dominating” 2016. His 2016 was so impressive that the Yankees felt it necessary to add him to the 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Since becoming a full-time relief pitcher in 2015, Gallegos has made himself relevant on the Yankees’ top prospect map. With him on the 40-man now, could he be poised to make his major league debut in 2017? Possibly even crack the Opening Day roster?

Sports Illustrated | Ben Reiter: The Cubs are currently baseball’s juggernaut team. Let that sink in for a minute. So now that they’ve won the World Series once, the baseball world is obviously looking to see what team could potentially be the next Cubs. While there are a number of teams that could emerge, it’s the Yankees who have the best shot at becoming baseball’s next juggernaut team. With all the moves Brian Cashman made in July, “the Yankees’ future is now terrifying for the rest of the league.”

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