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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/9/20

A-Rod weighs in on the Arizona Plan; Looking at how Yankees pitching adapted last year; Who’s due next in Monument Park?

Los Angeles Angels Vs New York Mets Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: Former Yankee and current ESPN/FOX analyst Alex Rodriguez reacted favorably to MLB’s rumored proposal to play games in Arizona as early as May. A-Rod believes players should plan to be ready to go, as there may not be much of a tune-up period before the league gives the green light. There are tons of issues with the plan, but Rodriguez is unmoved, stating, “There are no bad ideas. It’d be an adjustment, but I think we would follow suit.”

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: A few notable Yankees pitchers made some big tweaks to their repertoires last year. CBS broke them down, including improved curveballs for Zack Britton and James Paxton, and the opposite effect for Masahiro Tanaka, who threw his fastball more than in past years. All three could become free agents after this season (although Britton has both a club and player option), and it would have been interesting to see how these tweaks held up in walk years under a new pitching coach. | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees love to host Monument Park ceremonies, but it’s been awhile since they’ve had one. The last honoree was Derek Jeter in 2017. The club has a lot of time to review, so is anyone else worthy of a 2020 entry into the “Yankees Hall of Fame?” I wouldn’t expect any number retirements, but there are interesting cases to be made for plaques for guys like five-time All-Star Graig Nettles, new Hall of Famer Mike Mussina, the complicated case of Alex Rodriguez, and freshly-retired CC Sabathia.