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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/7/15

It's the first official news roundup of the 2015-16 Yankees off-season. Try to keep your excitement to a minimum.

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LoHud | Chad Jennings: The Yankees lamented missed opportunities in the last night after the Wild Card playoff loss, remarking that everyone on the offense seemed to "hit a wall" at the same time.

NJ.com | Brandon Kuty: As previously rumored, Brian Cashman confirmed that back at the trade deadline, he turned down a possible trade with the Athletics for infielder Ben Zobrist that would have cost Adam Warren and Rob Refsnyder. Some fans will be furious that he didn't do it considering the Yankees' second-half needs on offense (albeit before they knew they were losing Mark Teixeira), but Cashman reiterated that he wouldn't trade those two players for a mere rental. That seems understandable, given their years of team control and second half contributions. Here's Cashman's full statement, for those curious.

CBS Sports | Dana Jacobson: CC Sabathia choosing rehab over the Yankees' postseason run was a decision to be lauded, not to be scolded. He's doing what he needs to do to get his life in order, and that is more important than anything related to baseball. If this was a physical injury, no one would bat an eye, but because it is a mental illness, the stigma that people tend to attach to alcoholism has brought some unwarranted criticism. That's some crap.

ESPN New York | Andrew Marchand: In which areas do the Yankees need to improve the most in order to return to the playoffs with a more prepared squad?

CBS Sports | Dayn Perry: Looking back on the four most important plays of the Yankees/Astros Wild Card game by Win Probability Added.