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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/11/16

Cashman executed perfectly; Hicks is preparing; executives torn on Castro; Reggie Jackson not worried by Judge's struggles; Sabathia may fight for the last rotation spot.

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New York Daily News | John Harper: In two years, Brian Cashman has executed his and the ownership's plan for the future perfectly: manage payroll, get more athletic, and get younger. In the past two offseasons he has acquired Nathan Eovaldi, Didi Gregorius, Starlin Castro, Aaron Hicks, and Aroldis Chapman--all for pennies. | Ryan Hatch: The Yankees are hoping that Starlin Castro will be a huge upgrade over Stephen Drew, but executives in the league are split. Some think that he is an obvious upgrade, while others think he might not have as much upside as previously thought, referencing the Cubs' eagerness to jettison him from their team.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Aaron Hicks is preparing for the season, and he hopes that he'll fill the hole left by Chris Young. He's still waiting to meet his teammates, but he's already heard from Alex Rodriguez, who texted him a nice greeting after hearing he'd been traded to the club. | Brendan Kuty: When asked about Aaron Judge's struggles last year at Triple-A, Reggie Jackson said that he wasn't worried at all by the 23 year-old outfielder's issues at the plate. He said that once he stops pressing for results, relaxes, and becomes more confident in his abilities, then it will all start coming together.

ESPN New York | Wallace Matthews: After returning from alcohol rehab, CC Sabathia could be fighting for the final rotation spot come this spring. He would be up against Ivan Nova, who has his own consistency problems, and you'd have to imagine that Sabathia has seniority. Then again, Matthews does cite the cases of Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams, who were both placed into reduced roles as age took over, but we'll just have to wait and see. Sabathia also said that his physique is "light years" ahead of where it's been in past years, so we'll see pretty soon if that translates.