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Around the Empire: New York Yankees News - 12/23/14

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Max Scherzer, Girardi on Pirela and Refsnyder, Jeff Pentland, and Tulowitzki rumors.

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Beyond the Box Score | Kevin Ruprecht: Considering how many injury question marks the rotation has, it would be wise for the Yankees to acquire Max Scherzer to ensure that the pitching is as good as the projections say it is. | Brendan Kuty: Without Martin Prado at second base, Joe Girardi is hopeful that either Jose Pirela or Rob Refsnyder will be capable enough to handle the position.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff and George A. King III: According to their sources, the Yankees have internally discussed the possibility of hiring Jeff Pentland as their hitting coach. Pentland has been a hitting coach for the Marlins, Cubs, Royals, Mariners, and Dodgers; he most recently worked as the Marlins' hitting coordinator this past season.

ESPN | Andrew Marchand: The Yankees have checked in with the Rockies regarding shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, but they are unlikely to pursue him any further. Because of his injury record, owed salary, and the recent acquisition of Didi Gregorius, the cards seem to be stacked against the possibility of a trade.