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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/16/15

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Joe Girardi on Luis Severino's innings and Starlin Castro, more on the Justin Wilson trade, starting pitching targets, and Francesa's top 10 crazies.

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LoHud | Chad Jennings: Joe Girardi spoke to the media for the first time since the trades that sent Adam Warren and Justin Wilson away while bringing Starlin Castro and prospects to New York. He spoke highly of what his new second baseman brings to the table, and he is confident that the bullpen roles up in the air right now will be sufficiently settled by Opening Day, which is still three and a half months away.

NJ.com | Brandon Kuty: When asked about an innings limit in 2016 on the soon-to-be 22-year-old Luis Severino, Girardi said that it was possible, but if there was, it wouldn't be a huge limit. The young righty jumped from 113 innings in 2014 to 161 2/3 combined between the majors and minors in 2015, so if he's healthy, there should not be much of a problem bumping him up to the vicinity of the 200-inning plateau.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: The Wilson trade might seem like a head-scratcher at first, but the Yankees have more relief depth to withstand the potential blow than starting depth to withstand injuries. Hoch also offered his thoughts on Rob Refsnyder, Jose Fernandez, and Slade Heathcott.

BP Bronx | Alex Putterman: On the topic of the rotation depth, there are a few different kinds of starters the Yankees could pursue in free agency and the trade market. Who might make the most sense to target?

SI.com | Kenny Ducey: The top 10 most ridiculous calls into Mike Francesa's show in 2015. Of all these links, this one is most worthy of your time because it is absolutely hilarious. Good luck not chuckling to yourself at your desk like an insane person while Stephen from marketing raises his eyebrows at you.

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