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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/9/17

Girardi and/or Cashman could be under pressure to win in ‘17; Reviewing how Yankees fared in winter ball; NYY could target someone like Duffy

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Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images | Bob Klapisch: There are endless possibilities regarding how the Yankees could potentially finish the 2017 season. They’re a team that could make the playoffs or a team that could just sink. A run at a Wild Card spot could be the best case scenario. Because the Yankees are rebuilding and not expected to win this year, do Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman get a pass for whatever happens in 2017? Or are they still under pressure to win this year, the final of both of their contracts? For this year it seems both their jobs will be safe.

Pinstriped Prospects | Joe Dixon: With spring training right around the corner, it makes sense to take a look back at the Winter League and how the Yankees fared. The Yankees had over ten players in the organization playing winter ball in different leagues including top prospect Jorge Mateo and Mark Montgomery. Mateo struggled a bit this winter, hitting only .167 in 20 games (42 at-bats) but did manage to steal five bases in six attempts. | Richard Justice: Taking a look at eight possible moves that MLB teams may still make and the respective pros and cons for those moves. The Yankees could potentially try and acquire another starter like Danny Duffy from the Royals. The team has enough prospects to acquire almost any available starter like Jose Quintana or Chris Archer, but if they don’t feel inclined to pay that price they could explore someone like Duffy instead.