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Around the Empire: New York Yankees News - 12/20/14

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Now that Martin Prado is a Marlin, Brian Cashman says Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder will compete in spring training for the second baseman's job. Plus, all your other Yankee news.

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Yankees have shifted strategies in an effort to inject more youth into their team, taking risks on young, cost-controlled players with upside rather than shelling out big money for declining free agents.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Taking a closer look at all of the players the Yankees acquired and traded away in a busy Friday.

New York Post | George A King III: Now that Martin Prado is a Marlin, Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela will compete for the second base job in spring training, according to Brian Cashman. | Mike Vorkunov: The Mets and Yankees made their first trade in 10 years yesterday, as the Bronx Bombers acquired righty Gonzalez Germen.  This marks only the 15th trade ever between the two New York teams.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: If Alex Rodriguez is not physically capable of staying on the field this season, the Yankees could use the extra roster space to form platoons at both middle infield spots.