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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/20/17

Warren could crack rotation, Severino out?; Yanks get second chance with Torres; Mateo will play CF to start season; Headley says he needs to improve

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Newsday | Erik Boland: In his last start, Luis Severino had his best outing of the spring and took a step towards earning a rotation spot. Instead of taking another step forward yesterday, he took a step backward. Of those competing for a rotation spot, Severino probably had a leg up but is in danger of losing that. With Adam Warren pitching so well, the Yankees could seriously consider going with him in the rotation. He’s at least doing his part in trying to make the decision as difficult as possible.

New York Times | David Waldstein: Back in 2012 the Yankees, along with most of the baseball world, had set their sights on Gleyber Torres. He was the top free agent player outside the US, and the Yankees had every intention of going after him in 2013, when Torres turned 16. But late in 2012, the Cubs swooped in and got “an inside track with Torres and his family” and were able to sign him, even though the Yankees offered him more money. But as always, Brian Cashman gets his man. After trading for Torres last July, the Yankees get a second chance with a potential young star they’ve coveted. | Brendan Kuty: We’ve heard for a while that Jorge Mateo could have a future in center field but haven’t really seen that in action. Mateo will start the season with the Tampa Yankees and will play a couple games a week at center field. The Yankees had said Mateo needed to make adjustments to his game offensively. Though they say they don’t put too much stock into spring training stats, the team noted still Mateo had to make adjustments. They’re hoping he gets off to a hot a start at Tampa and hopefully forces the Yankees’ hand into moving him up to Trenton.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Chase Headley hears the boos. He knows he could be better and admits he hasn’t lived up to his own expectations. He talks about how he was atrocious defensively in year one of his contract and then last year he had an exceptionally bad start to the season, though he did eventually sort things out to hit well the rest of the way. He knows he can’t repeat his sluggish start from last year, and is focused on getting ready for the upcoming season. He did have a good game yesterday and led the team to victory.