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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/13/15

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ESPN | Wallace Matthews: A phone call from Rod Carew to Aaron Hicks convinced the newest Yankee not to give up on switch-hitting last season. The Yankees are hoping that Hicks can benefit from veteran leadership on the team the way that Didi Gregorius did in his first season with the team.

New York Times | Billy Witz: Now that Dave Dombrowski has taken a job in the Red Sox front office, Brian Cashman has lost one of his biggest trading partners. Cashman couldn't even remember that he traded Kelly Johnson to Boston in exchange for Stephen Drew in 2014, noting that the two teams just don't make deals.

LoHud | Chad Jennings: Jennings checks in on the Yankees participating in winter ball here, there, and everywhere. Gary Sanchez has obviously grabbed headlines with his performance in the Arizona Fall League, but teammate Chaz Hebert also impressed out west. Among other prospects, Cito Culver is struggling in the Venezuelan League, Ian Clarkin is just getting innings in the AFL, and Mark Montgomery has had one atrocious outing to go with a couple good ones in his winter ball outings. | Brendan Kuty: Brian McCann won the Silver Slugger award for being the best offensive player at his position. It is the Yankee catcher's sixth such award in his career. McCann had a bounce back season in 2015 after struggling in his first season in the American League after spending the first part of his career with the Braves.