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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/14/15

Joe Girardi's bullpen expertise quantified, Gary Sanchez kicks off the AFL with a homer, the 2016-18 drafts, and more.

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Grantland | Ben Lindbergh: It's long been said that Yankees skipper Joe Girardi is one of the best in the business when it comes to bullpen management. The numbers rang true when analyst Tim Kniker first ranked the league's managers with his system after 2009, and six years later, Girardi's name is still just about at the top.

LoHud | Chad Jennings: Arizona Fall League action is underway, and Jennings profiled some of the Yankees' top prospects there, like catcher Gary Sanchez, southpaw Ian Clarkin, righty Domingo Acevedo, and shortstop Tyler Wade. Sanchez, Wade, and Tyler Austin all had big days in the AFL opener yesterday, with Sanchez's three-run bomb leading the way.

BP Bronx | Ben Diamond: The Yankees have a tricky decision ahead about what to do with Greg Bird given Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez's significant roles in the lineup at both of his possible positions. It's a good problem to have if all are healthy by the end of spring training 2016.

FanGraphs | Kiley McDaniel: Although the excellent prospect analyst is leaving FanGraphs for a job with the Braves, he left readers with sortable draft boards for the next three years. What a guy. Although free agency will tweak the draft order, the Yankees are currently slated to pick 22nd overall in 2016.

BeerGraphs | Michael Donato: What were the top ranked beers at each ballpark in 2015? Yankee Stadium's wasn't too much of a surprise for people who have been there (could definitely have been a worse choice, too).