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Around the Empire: New York Yankees News - 12/22/14

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Luxury tax, second base, the disabled list and the Eovaldi trade.

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

USA Today | Associated Press: For the first time ever, the Yankees are not paying the highest portion into the luxury tax. This isn't really a surprise, since we've known the Dodgers were ahead of the Yankees in payroll commitments at the trade deadline, but it must be nice for the Steinbrenners to only have to pay an extra $18M for their team this time.

NYPost | Joel Sherman: The Yankees have little interest in Asdrubal Cabrera or Chase Utley.

Hardball Times | Jeff Zimmerman: Zimmerman does a really fascinating deep dive on injuries. One of his conclusions is that the Yankees "need to figure out what the other teams are doing to improve shoulder health and get on board." I highly recommend this article.

Fangraphs | Jeff Sullivan: If you're not tired of reading about the Prado-Eovaldi trade, here's another good read. I find it really hard not to be excited about the Yankees' 2015 starting rotation.