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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 3/6/15

The end of captains; Cervelli's fine with A-Rod; spring training stand-outs; Beltran's health.

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ESPN | Wallace Matthews: According to GM Brian Cashman, the title of captaincy should end with Derek Jeter. Even though Jeter was the perfect player to be a captain, there might not be a player like that in the future. And because there are usually a few clubhouse leaders, Cashman doesn't want all of that responsibility to fall on one person.

New York Post | George A. King III: Even though he was traded, former Yankee Francisco Cervelli has no animosity towards the organization. He also stated that he had no hard feelings towards Alex Rodriguez, despite the Biogenesis scandal that created a rift in their relationship. But nonetheless, Cervelli is certainly excited to join the Pirates, and believes that they match his level of excitement. | Brendan Kuty: It's early on in spring training, but there are already Yankees that have stood out in the past few days. Prospects like Luis Severino and Aaron Judge have impressed, as well as miscellaneous pieces such as Ramon Flores, Austin Romine, and Jose Ramirez.

ESPN | Wallace Matthews:  If the Yankees want to play baseball in October, then Carlos Beltran needs to be a bigger contributor. After hitting career lows in a few statistical categories, he'll need to bounce back to at least what we've seen from him in St. Louis.

New York Post | John DeMarzo: Jimmy Rollins wouldn't have minded if he was traded to the Mets, but he definitely didn't want to be a Yankee. Because of the enduring legacy of Derek Jeter, he would not have felt comfortable trying to fill those shoes.