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Around the Empire: New York Yankees News - 1/12/2015

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New York Daily News | Anthony McCarron: The Yankees finally hired a hitting coach - and then they hired another one.  Jeff Pentland will be the new major league hitting coach, and Alan Cockrell will serve as the first-ever assistant hitting coach in Yankees history. | Brendan Kuty: Five interesting things about new hitting coach Jeff Pentland.  A few tidbits - Pentland has a lot of experience around the league, and got a great endorsement from former Yankee Gary Sheffield.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Taking a look back at all the week's busy news, starting with the Stephen Drew signing, which Jennings sees as a low-risk move with a decent bit of upside.

Players' Tribune | Brandon McCarthy: The former Yankees starter opines that the BBWAA isn't taking the right strategy regarding the steroid era and the Hall of Fame. (Also he reveals his hypothetical ballot.)

MLB Trade Rumors | Zach Links & Charlie Wilmoth: The Orioles signed lefty reliever Cesar Cabral, who hasn't pitched in the majors since he was ejected for safety in a Yankees/Rays game last April.