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Around the Empire: New York Yankees news 11/12/15

Here are the three keys to understanding Aaron Hicks, plus more analysis of the Hicks-Murphy trade and the other Yankees rumors.

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FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: If you're interested in Aaron Hicks - and you should be, because he's on the team now - take a look at this in-depth breakdown of the three keys to understanding just what kind of ballplayer he is.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: After spending big on free agents a couple years ago, Brian Cashman seems to have switched gears and is now rebuilding his team by acquiring young, high-upside talent through the trade market. | Ryan Hatch: With John Ryan Murphy now out of town and Gary Sanchez raking in the Fall League, Sanchez should finally get some serious time in the big leagues next season.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Five quick thoughts on the Jose Pirela trade, and on the Yankees' new minor league pitcher, Ronald Herrera.

FanGraphs | Dave Cameron: Hicks gives the Yankees a good in-house replacement if they find a place to ship Brett Gardner.  Overall, the Yankees made a good move landing their new outfielder.