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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/18/16

How can Brian McCann shore up the holes in his offensive game?

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Newsday | Steven Marcus: Brian McCann set a career-high in home runs in 2015, but he still feels he needs to improve offensively. McCann talked about struggling with the shift, and adjusting to the healthy amount of cutters he sees as a left-handed hitter facing right-handed pitching.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Manager Joe Girardi spoke about how the 2016 lineup currently projects. Given the possibility of trotting out three left-handed hitters in a row, in Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Brett Gardner, could the Yankees have some problems against left-handed pitchers?

Pinstriped Prospects | Jed Weisberger: A look at shortstop Tyler Wade, ranked as the Yankees' 12th best prospect. Where does Wade stand in a farm system loaded with shortstops like Jorge Mateo and Kyle Holder?

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: What's next for Rob Refsnyder? Jennings examines the second baseman future with the club, as the acquisition of Starlin Castro leaves thim without a clearly defined role.