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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/16/19

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What does Luis Severino’s extension mean for the rest of baseball?; Danny Farquhar debuts protective cap during first bullpen session; The Yankees prospect who could crack the Opening Day roster.

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: Luis Severino and the Yankees agreed to a four-year, $40 million extension yesterday. It seems to have been a smart move for both parties, with Sevy coming off of a crappy second half, and the Bombers locking up their potential ace on a club-friendly deal. Was it a good deal for baseball and free agency though? Players might be more and more inclined to sign cheaper contracts (and extensions) in order to avoid hitting an increasingly chilly free agent market.

ESPN | William Weinbaum: Non-roster invitee Danny Farquhar will be wearing a custom made protective cap on the mound. The Yankees had something specially designed to protect his temple and the skull area where he had surgery following a brain aneurysm last year. Farquhar threw his first bullpen session yesterday, and Aaron Boone said “he could absolutely help us this year.” It would certainly be a feel-good story to see him make the team.

MLB.com | Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo, Mike Rosenbaum: There are tons of prospects in camp trying to earn a spot on the roster, but which one actually stands a chance at cracking the roster? It could be Jonathan Loaisiga! No, there isn’t exactly a spot open. You know what they say about quantity of pitchers, though.