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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/25/17

Didi will play for Netherlands in WBC; Cashman still has holes to fill; Andujar is 7th best 3B prospect; Severino to appear at charity telethon; Spring training to be shortened by two days

Annual Charity Day Hosted By Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI - Cantor Fitzgerald Office - Inside Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald | Bryan Hoch: Didi Gregorius will reportedly play for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. Gregorius will join a roster that includes Xander Bogaerts, Andrelton Simmons, Jonathan Schoop and Jurickson Profar. As of right now, Betances is the only other Yankee to be confirmed to play as he will suit up for the Dominican Republic, though he could later be joined by Gary Sanchez. Masahiro Tanaka has come out and said he will not play for Japan in the tournament.

NY Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: While the Yankees are developing their young prospects, Brian Cashman still has holes to fill on the current roster. According to Keith Law, the Yankees have the second-best farm system in baseball and will have teams full of prospects at every level. Though some of the youth has already arrived in the Bronx in the form of Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez, there are still needs on the major league team, for instance in the rotation. Hopefully James Kaprielian gets his wish and becomes the team’s ace.

Pinstriped Prospects | Robert M. Pimpsner: According to Jim Callis at MLB Pipeline, Miguel Andujar ranks as the seventh best third base prospect in baseball. Though he’s sometimes lost in the hype of the likes of Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier, Andujar is the team’s best hope at a long term internal solution at third base. Callis notes that Andujar is not too far from reaching the majors, and has solid offensive potential to go along with a cannon of an arm, he just needs to find some defensive consistency. Callis’ full Top 10 list and comments can be found here.

Albany Times Union: Live near Albany and want to make friends with Luis Severino? Well now’s your chance! Severino will appear at the Radison Hotel in Albany this Sunday from 12pm-3pm, along with Giants’ running back Paul Perkins. The two will sign autographs and take photos and have all proceeds go the Center for Disability Services as part of the 518 Gives Telethon. There’s also a way to donate to the Center if you’re unable to attend the event and want to give.

New York Daily News: Some major changes are coming to spring training baseball in 2018. Please take a second and make sure you’re truly ready to read these changes before committing. I’ll wait...okay are you ready now? Spring training will be two days shorter starting 2018! Boom. This will allow MLB to spread teams’ 162-game season over 187 days instead of 183, allowing for more off days for each team. GET RESTED, FOLKS.