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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/18/15

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LoHud | Chad Jennings: Brendan Ryan was officially named the PTBNL in the Starlin Castro trade on Thursday. The move was delayed so that the Cubs wouldn't have to immediately add him to their 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft.

New York Post | George King: James Pazos was named an untouchable prospect by Hal Steinbrenner at the 2015 Trade Deadline. Can the lefty prove he was worthy of such protection by stepping into a weakened bullpen after the departures of Adam Warren and Justin Wilson? | Ryan Hatch: One person who is loving all the high dollar contracts being signed by pitchers this offseason is CC Sabathia. TV deals have brought more dollars to the table than ever before, and making close to a million dollars per start is a pretty great way to cash in.

LoHud | Chad Jennings: Sorry, Rob Refsnyder fans. Joe Girardi has made it clear, in case anyone wasn't sure, that second base will be Starlin Castro's without competition. Dustin Ackley is still likely to make the team as a utility player, but Refsnyder could end up as a trade chip.