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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/2/17

The Yankees’ youth movement should make spring training more exciting; all eyes will be on Gary Sanchez; hopefully Starlin Castro improves in 2017

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Around the Empire | Bryan Hoch: It’s now February. That means that we’re getting closer and closer to Spring Training, pitchers and catchers reporting, and complaining that Brian Cashman is destroying our beloved Yankees. Good times. The Yankees’ Spring Training should be extra exciting due to the youth movement. The chance to see some of their best prospects showing what they can do. The battle at first base between Greg Bird and Tyler Austin. Come to us, baseball.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Hey gang. Do you remember Gary Sanchez? I sure hope so, especially with him telling us that he was Gary. He that is Gary will be our starting catcher this year and the pressure will be on. Fans will have high expectations for the young 2016 Rookie of the Year candidate. While we cannot expect Gary to be the Gary he was during the last two months of the year, it’d be nice. | Brendan Kuty: As Spring Training approaches, here’s a look at Starlin Castro. Castro will begin his second year as the Yankees’ second baseman and Didi Gregorius’ bestest best friend. While last season wasn’t a bad debut for the former Cub, it wasn’t exactly good. Other than the whole non-Drew factor. Here’s hoping that his second year in pinstripes yields better results and less in-the-dirt swings.