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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/3/16

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Mateo among the best all-around prospects in baseball, Miller fine with Chapman as closer, and grading the Yankees' penniless off-seaason.

Jorge Mateo with the Tampa Yankees on August 5, 2015; Courtesy of
Jorge Mateo with the Tampa Yankees on August 5, 2015; Courtesy of
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Baseball American | Ben Badler: The Yankees rank as one of MLB's most productive international farm systems with a number of terrific talents like Jorge Mateo and Luis Severino leading the pack.

MLB.com | Jim Callis: Speaking of Mateo, the 20-year-old shortstop ranked third among all prospects in baseball in terms of "best package of tools." This was determined by adding up MLB's scouting grades for hit, power, run, arm, and field. Only Byron Buxton and Victor Robles ranked higher. Mateo's much more than just speed.

ESPN New York | Andrew Marchand: Some closers would be upset if they were replaced by another after an outstanding season. Fortunately, the Yankees are lucky to have Andrew Miller, who said his focus is on winning and is not bothered by the Aroldis Chapman trade.

MLB Trade Rumors | Jeff Todd: The Yankees rank dead last among all 30 terms of free agent spending this off-season. They are the only team not to spend a single dime. Yay.

SI | Cliff Corcoran: Despite not signing any free agents, was it a productive off-season for the Yankees? Sports Illustrated reviewed their off-season on a winter report card.