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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/14/16

Michael Pineda needs to be reliable; Brendan Ryan as a utility option; Six Yankees file for arbitration; Greg Holland as a buy-low candidate

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RantSports | Christopher Gamble: For the Yankees to be successful in 2016, Michael Pineda needs to do well. Even though he's not expected to be the ace of the staff–that title belongs to Masahiro Tanaka–he still needs to toss 200 competent innings to solidify the rotation. | Ryan Hatch: After being sent over to the Chicago Cubs in the Starlin Castro deal, Brendan Ryan was later released by the club and is now a free agent. Would it make sense to sign him back? Maybe, but it would certainly muddle a utility infielder situation that already includes Dustin Ackley, Rob Refsnyder, and Pete Kozma. I think I'll pass, if you ask me.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Six Yankees players have filed for arbitration: Dustin Ackley, Aroldis Chapman, Nathan Eovaldi, Didi Gregorius, Ivan Nova, and Michael Pineda. Based on the MLB Trade Rumors arbitration model, these six are expected to make a combined $32.8 million this season.

FanSided | Antonio Mendes: Originally the head of the Royals' dominant bullpen, Greg Holland finds himself a free agent after undergoing Tommy John surgery in September, and he notably pushed back his MRI which may have exacerbated the extent of the ligament tear. He could be an interesting buy-low candidate, the Yankees could sign to an incentives-laden multi-year contract.