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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/12/18

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Cashman talks rotation, Darvish, Ellsbury on WFAN; Hicks, Kahnle agree to deals to avoid arbitration; Ellsbury should waive his NTC; Previewing the 2018 bullpen; Sheffield excited for 2018

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CBS/WFAN: Brian Cashman was on WFAN yesterday and spoke on a number of topics. He mentioned that he’s been wrestling with the idea of adding either an infielder or a starting pitcher, but can probably only do one move because of the luxury tax threshold. He also talked about wanting to move Jacoby Ellsbury’s contract and confirmed his interest in Yu Darvish. There’s an audio clip of the entire interview included in the link if you want to listen. Here are some other highlights:

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MLB.com | Chad Thornburg: It’s arbitration season and the Yankees had eight players eligible. They’ll avoid arbitration with at least two of their players as the Yankees have agreed to deals with Aaron Hicks ($2.825 million) and Tommy Kahnle ($1.3125 million). They have yet to come to terms with Didi Gregorius, Dellin Betances, Sonny Gray, Chasen Shreve, and Austin Romine.

CBS | Sweeny Murti: Jacoby Ellsbury is obviously well within his right to exercise his no-trade clause and force the Yankees to keep him. However, he’s only hurting himself by doing so. Ellsbury needs to accept that he no longer fits with the Yankees and if he wants to play, he has to agree to waive his NTC. For what it’s worth, however, per Jon Heyman even if he did waive it, the Yankees are having trouble finding a suitor for him even though they’re reportedly willing to eat half his contract.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: A few days ago, Bryan Hoch did a piece about the Yankees rotation as it stands today. Now he’s followed that up with a piece about the bullpen which could be the best in the majors. He talks about the bullpen’s strength, weakness, and what could change between now and Opening Day. If you want to compare the Yankee bullpen to the rest of the league, you can do so here.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Will Justus be served in 2018? If Justus Sheffield has his way, it surely will. The Yankees’ #4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, reflected on his 2017 season and said he was happy and believes the Yankees were happy with his season, outside of the injury towards the end of the season. He’s eager to get back out there and let his performance do the talking and is hoping to earn his first cup of coffee in the majors in 2018. The world needs Justus and Judge on the same team, so I support this.