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Around the Empire: Yankees news 11/10/15

Cashman offers his thoughts on off-season issues, Eovaldi & the splitter, and Moose back on the Hall of Fame ballot.

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LoHud | Chad Jennings: While meeting with the press on the first day of the annual GM Meetings, Brian Cashman hinted that the Yankees are unlikely to pursue crosstown rival/NLCS MVP Daniel Murphy in free agency as a solution at second base. That shouldn't be a shocker. Cashman also mentioned that Adam Warren would prepare for 2016 as a starter, though personally, I'm putting it at 50/50 odds that Warren even makes it to spring training before getting traded while his rotation potential is high, a la Shane Greene.

ESPN NY | Wallace Matthews: Additionally, Cashman said that CC Sabathia does not have a guaranteed spot in the 2016 rotation. Sabathia finished his month in rehab and has already begun working out in preparation for spring training, so if he's healthy, it would be surprising to see him fall short of the rotation, for better or for worse. Pray for the September magic of the knee brace to last into 2016.

BP Bronx | Ben Diamond: Nathan Eovaldi's decision to use the splitter more often midway through last year led to possibly the best stretch of pitching in his young career. So what worked (and what didn't) about the splitter for Eovaldi in 2015? | Barry Bloom: The complete Hall of Fame ballot for 2016 has been revealed, and while none of the new players have significant connections to the Yankees, Mike Mussina, Gary Sheffield, and Roger Clemens are all back. None are likely to come close to induction, as they each polled 24.6%, 11.7%, and 37.5% in 2015, respectively. They should all be Hall of Famers, and I'm really hoping Moose can tick upward again this year with a slightly less crowded ballot. It won't be easy though. Sigh.


Lastly, in non-Yankee news, tragedy struck Major League Baseball on Monday night, as former Braves and Angels starter Tommy Hanson suddenly passed away at the tender age of 29. Not long beforehand, it was learned that the man who finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting just five years ago was in a coma fighting "catastrophic organ failure." Such a fate is just incredibly sad, and our thoughts are with Hanson and his family. Rest well, Tommy.