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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/15/18

Aaron Hicks is working out; Yankees could maybe get Yu Darvish for a reasonable price; some possible trade destinations for Starlin Castro, including the Yankees; Brewers sign Ji-Man Choi

Divisional Round - New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians - Game Two
He knows what I’m talking about!
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Cut4 | Matt Monagan: Happy Monday, PSA readers. Here’s hoping you had a good weekend. Do you wanna see a picture of a jacked Aaron Hicks? Of course you do. Who wouldn’t? You can click on that link and see Aaron Hicks working out. We have no official confirmation on this, but it is Pinstripe Alley’s belief that Hicks wants to be apart of the new Yankees’ WWE faction, the Swole Package. I’m sure Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton would be more than happy to welcome him into the Swole Package™.

New York Daily News | John Harper: Again, we’re done with Gerrit Cole rumors for the offseason. Cole is headed for Houston. We’ve still got Yu Darvish rumors to keep us afloat in the murky depths of this bland offseason. Harper believes that the Yankees might be able to get Yu at a reasonable price. I don’t see how the Yankees will be able to match the more unreasonable offers other teams more desperate for starting pitchers will give to Yu, but hey what do I know.

MLBTradeRumors | Connor Byrne: Starlin Castro has made it known that he doesn’t not want to be on the rebuilding/self-destructing Miami Marlins. It’s unclear if the Marlins even want to keep his contract on, so a trade could be coming. But to whom? Well, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Yankees could seek a reunion with him. It’s highly unlikely though, unless the Marlins took on some of that contract. That, my friends, would be the definition of hysterical.

Brew Crew Ball | Kyle Lesniewski: Former Yankee legend Ji-Man Choi is on the move to the land of beer, cheese, and tailgating. The Milwaukee Brewers have signed the first baseman to a minor league contract and an invitation to spring training. If he makes the big league team, he’ll earn $850K with a chance for an extra $650K in incentives. Good luck to you, Ji-Man. Or should I say, good journey!

Points go to whomever gets that last reference.