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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/26/19

A Yankees farm system update; Mariano Rivera to work with prospects; Mike Mussina Hall of Fame cap debate

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images | Randy Miller: While the Yankees’ past has been celebrated this week, the team’s future is a little more murky. Just two prospects made the Baseball Prospectus Top 101 Prospects list – outfielder Estevan Florial and pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga. This article explains why the number of top prospects have declined, who’s left, and where the prospect core ranks compared to past iterations.

CBS Sports | Katherine Acquavella: The Yankees have a legendary hoard of special advisors, from Reggie Jackson to Carlos Beltran to Alex Rodriguez. You may be able to add one more to the list, as recently-announced Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera is interested in helping out young Yankees pitchers. Rivera said, “I’m going to start working with the New York Yankees and teaching pitching. So many guys throw hard but don’t have command. We need to teach these boys to pitch. Pitchers are getting away from pitching and are focused on throwing hard.”

Sounds like strong advice from one of the greatest pure pitchers of all-time. | Mike Rosenstein: Mike Mussina is also a recently-elected Hall of Famer, and he had a terrific career with both the Yankees and the Orioles. The question is, which logo will he put on the cap on his Hall of Fame plaque? Turns out, Moose will go with a blank space on his lid to recognize his achievements with both franchises.