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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/31/15

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The Yankees' interest in Ackley, potentially Kimbrel, new cautious rental policy, and CC still in the rotation.

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FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: After pursuing Dustin Ackley for a couple years, the Yankees finally acquired him. Although he's never lived up to his promise, why might they be so interested in him?

LoHud | Chad Jennings: With Michael Pineda hurt and Ackley now on board, how does the Yankees' current roster shake up?

CBS Sports | Jon Heyman: In an attempt to shorten games even further, the Yankees remain active in the market for Padres closer Craig Kimbrel, though the wheelin' and dealin' Astros might sneak into the race as well. I'm still not sure that acquiring another reliever will really help all that much considering how good the bullpen is already (last night aside), unless they want to shift Adam Warren back to the rotation while maintaining the "super bullpen."

NY Post | Joel Sherman: The Yankees' refusal to pursue David Price at the high prospect cost might hurt their 2015 chances, but it's indicative of the new cautious strategy by the Steinbrenners and Brian Cashman to not trade all the young talent away. They offer no guarantees, but if they lose their best prospects, then their future could be in trouble with free agents only getting more expensive.

LoHud | Chad Jennings: CC Sabathia will remain in the rotation, even after another rocky start. As the overused quote truthfully says, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."