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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/7/17

Mark Teixeira will be joining ESPN as a baseball analyst; Starlin Castro’s name was not off the trading block this offseason; Cashman states that he won’t budge regarding Dellin Betances; what to expect from Gary Sanchez this season

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The New York Times | David Waldstein: “Welcome to Foul Territory” is a phrase many of us have been wanting to hear again once again. Well, there is a chance. Teixeira will be joining ESPN as a baseball analyst this year. ESPN will make the announcement soon. There’s little doubt that Teixeira is well suited to be behind the microphone. Until we see what he can do, we can always look back at him interviewing a base.

MLBTradeRumors | Mark Polishuk: Starlin Castro may have a lot going for him just by not being Stephen Drew. It appears his non-Drewicity is not enough for Brian Cashman to keep him off the trading block. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Castro’s name was listed in connection to some high priced veterans on the trading block. The interest for Castro wasn’t really there, but this could indicate the Yankees feel one of their farm boys could replace him sooner rather than later.

New York Post | George A. King III: The Yankees, continuing with their traditional strategy of being petty with their own homegrown players, will most likely let an arbiter decide what to pay Dellin Betances. A matter of $2 million dollars is apparently a big deal to an organization that just gave Aroldis Chapman an insanely ridiculous deal. Neat. | Andrew Simon: Gary Sanchez had a pretty decent first two months in the majors. He hit 20 home runs. In two months. Again, decent. It’s hard to imagine that he who is Gary can keep up those incredible numbers, but it sure is fun to think about. This article could provide some insight into what he might be capable of, other than being Gary.