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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/23/17

Didi’s next goal should be All-Star Game; Why Cashman didn’t explore Sale trade; No Runs DMC honored

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ESPN | Andrew Marchand: Since coming over in a trade from the Diamondbacks, Didi Gregorius has had an overall successful time in pinstripes. While he started slow in 2015, he eventually picked up his play and showed what Brian Cashman saw in him. He continued his solid play and even improved in 2016 having a career year at the plate while continuing his slick fielding. There were times where it was easy to imagine him as an All-Star, and that should be his next goal. He’s been growing as a player, and that would be the next step for him. | Randy Miller: Remember when Chris Sale was available and the Yankees needed pitching but they did nothing to improve that? Brian Cashman explains here why he never really tried making a play for Sale. He points to what the Red Sox gave up to get Sale, Yoan Moncada currently ranked as the #1 prospect in baseball along with Michael Kopech (30th overall prospect in baseball) and other pieces. Cashman speculates the equivalent for that would probably have been Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino as starting pieces and that conversation ended before it started. | Bryan Hoch: Back when the Yankees had Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman, they were given a moniker: No Runs DMC. The three ace relief pitchers were honored together one last time by the New York chapter of the BBWAA. The trio received the “Willie, Mickey and the Duke Award” and were honored for being part of the formidable trio that made up the back end of the Yankees’ bullpen in early 2016.