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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/22/17

Tex joins The Michael Kay Show; Didi injury could’ve happened anywhere; Yanks interested in Diamondbacks’ Ahmed; #GleyberGood; Former scout Krause dead at 77; Greg Bird’s cat, Mr. Delicious

MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
MFW I realize I work with Michael Kay
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Brendan Kuty: A few weeks ago, ESPN released a statement announcing that Mark Teixeira had officially joined their team as a baseball analyst. Though, at the time, it was yet to be seen in exactly what capacity Tex would be working. Teixeira will be joining The Michael Kay Show every Thursday through the baseball season at 5p.m. beginning March 30th. It will be interesting to see how Tex fits in to the show, but the question remains whether Tex joining the show makes it worth it to listen.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: After news broke two days ago about Didi Gregorius suffering an injury at the World Baseball Classic, the only thing left to be seen was how long he’d be out. Yesterday that was answered and it’s expected that he will miss at least all of April and maybe part of May. While the Yankees haven’t had the best luck at the WBC (looking at you, Tex), both Gregorius and Cashman said that the WBC isn’t to blame and the injury could’ve happened anywhere. Cashman also talks about the rotation competition and says no favorite has emerged yet.

MLB Trade Rumors | Mark Polishuk: In light of Gregorius’ injury, the Yankees are understandably looking for replacements. While the team does have internal options to weather the storm, the Yankees are also reportedly looking at Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed. The Yankees join the Rays and the Padres in being interested in trading for the shortstop. Admittedly this just seems like Cashman doing his due diligence, and a deal seems unlikely.

Sports Illustrated | Jonah Keri: For the last five years, Jonah Keri has done a ranking of MLB players by trade value. The idea is basically to rank every baseball player affiliated with an MLB organization in a hypothetical world where everyone was available. He takes factors like age, experience, cost, and position among others to determine who would be the most valuable players on the market. Part One of the series includes an intro to the concept and honorable mentions. Among those who just missed the cut, is Yankees’ top prospect Gleyber Torres, who was officially assigned to Double-A Trenton.

Sports Illustrated: Former Chicago Bulls GM Jerry Krause passed away yesterday at the age of 77. Krause, who is a finalist to be inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame this year, took over as the Bulls’ GM in 1985 and helped build the Bulls that won six championships with Michael Jordan. Krause was responsible for drafting Scottie Pippin and Horace Grant, among others. Before joining the Bulls, Krause scouted for the White Sox, and after leaving basketball Krause came back to baseball as a scout for the Yankees followed by stints with the Mets and Diamondbacks.

Hardball Talk | Craig Calcaterra: Greg Bird never ceases to amaze. Apparently, Bird has a cat named Mr. Delicious who is related to Mr. Bigglesworth from the Austin Powers movies. Mr. Delicious is Mr. Bigglesworth’s grandson, and Greg Bird owns this cat. Why did I even bother to include other links in today’s news? This is all that matters. #GREGBIRD HAS A CAT NAMED MR. DELICIOUS. Although his cat is inside out.