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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/10/16

Masahiro Tanaka's throwing again post-surgery, Brian McCann skeptical of first base abilities, and insiders' thoughts on the best off-season trade.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports | Cash Kruth: After undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow, Masahiro Tanaka threw off a mound for the first time yesterday and is expected to be ready for spring training.

LoHud | Chad Jennings: The Yankees have had a number of intriguing prospects make their major league debuts over the past few seasons, but are any of them actually ready to make an impact? | Brendan Kuty: For all the fan suggestions about how Brian McCann should move to first base very soon to accommodate Gary Sanchez behind the plate, McCann said outright that he would not be a good first baseman. With three more seasons guaranteed on his contract and him still being a strong receiver, there shouldn't be a hurry.

CBS New York | Sweeny Murti: Baseball insiders really like what the Yankees have done this off-season despite not spending any money in free agency. Interestingly, the majority thought that outfielder Aaron Hicks would have the most impact on the team rather than Starlin Castro or Aroldis Chapman.