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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/24/17

Masahiro Tanaka will not participate in WBC; Yankees hope that Chance Adams can deliver; was El Duque the Yankees’ best free-agent signing ever?

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Newsday | Eric Boland: Yankees ace and pitcher in constant need of TJS Masahiro Tanaka made Yankee fans happy yesterday. No, he’s still not getting TJS for some odd reason. Tanaka is opting out of pitching in the World Baseball Classic. Tanaka said that the event is quite difficult to take part in. This is understandable. Considering the Yankees desire for an injury free season from Tanaka, this undoubtedly comes as good news.

New York Daily News | John Harper: Before we begin, I’d like to address the headline of this article which states “The Yankees are hoping they found their very own Corey Kluber in righty prospect Chance Adams.” It’s nice to hope for things like this. I’m sure we are all hoping for this. I’m sure many teams hope to find Corey Kluber in their farm system. The Yankees have been putting Chance in the spotlight a bit more lately. He was included in the Winter Warm-Up 2017 festivities. Baby steps though, please. Please. | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees have had many good free-agent signing in their history. As the Hot Stove season comes to an end, 30 beat reporters looked back and answered the question of who was the best free-agent signing of their team’s history. With the given parameters to narrow the choice, the conclusion is that Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez was the best, with Mike Mussina coming in a close second. El Duque did have a dance after all. Do you agree with this choice?