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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/24/16

A-Rod says he'll retire then backs away from comments; lawmaker wants YES on Comcast; Yankees valued at $3.4 billion; Girardi still unclear about rotation and lineup

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ESPN New York | Andrew Marchand: Alex Rodriguez has said he will retire after the 2017 season, which is when his massive deal with the Yankees will expire. This is no shock because I doubt he's playing for another franchise at 42, but it's still news. Andrew Mearns also broke it down yesterday.

Yahoo Sports | Chris Cwik: Or, is he retiring? Rodriguez said that his comments were taken out of context, and that he'll see once his contract expires. I don't really get it because the comments about going home to be a father seemed pretty cut-and-dry, but we'll see. Regardless, I'm still going to assume 2017 is his last season.

Asbury Park Press | David P. Willis: A Middlesex County legislator is backing Comcast and is urging YES to rejoin the network, or at least reimburse customers for the loss. This is just another episode in the ongoing saga that has pitted the two media companies against each other. Here's to hoping that this is sorted out by Opening Day so Yankees fans can watch their team.

ESPN New York | Darren Rovell: The Yankees are now valued at $3.4 billion, once again the highest mark in baseball and the second-highest in North American professional sports, just behind the Dallas Cowboys at $4 billion. This has brought up questions about whether the Steinbrenners have thought about selling the team, which of course is "no" at this juncture. The Yankees are the biggest brand in baseball, and one of the biggest sports brands in the world, and they'd be crazy to sell their team during a team of such intense growth. They need more yachts.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: The regular season is nearly upon us, and Joe Girardi has not decided on what the rotation or lineup will be, exactly. There are players who we know will be on the main crew, but those players on the border have yet to be sorted out. Something tells me this will begin to crystallize very soon.