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Around the Empire: New York Yankees News - 2/6/15

Yankees nearly broke MLB's intentional walk record in 2014; Ten notable prospects who didn't receive an invitation to spring training; Arguments for and against James Shields.

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports | Ryan Hatch: What was one of the many cons of having an anemic lineup last season? The Yankees tied for third-lowest amount of intentional walks in MLB history. Just 16 total for the season.

Newsday | Eric Boland: Despite rumors that circulated earlier in the week, Yankee insiders say that their stance on James Shields hasn't changed and that they are not pursuing him.

Yankees LoHud Blog | Chad Jennings: Yesterday the Yankees revealed their list of non-roster invitees who will be at spring training. Here are ten notable players who failed to receive an invitation.

It's About The Money | Domenic Lanza: A look back at the Yankees top-ten prospects of 2005, including Robinson Cano and Phil Hughes. | Brendan Kuty: We don't know if the Yankees are pursuing Shields or not, but here are some arguments for and against signing him.