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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/17/16

Yankees hope for a Culver rebound; Sanchez's chances of making the team; team encourages players to quit chewing tobacco; figuring out what to believe from the team; Girardi and Cashman talk to Gossage

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LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: This is Cito Culver's final year before minor league free agency, and the Yankees are hoping his bat turns around. While Gary Denbo claims he's a valuable player, I would imagine they let him walk if his bat doesn't come around soon.

SNY | Christopher Carelli: There are a lot of questions over whether Gary Sanchez will break camp with the major league team this spring. One of them is service time; the team will obviously try to hold off his service clock if they don't need him. Other reasons are demeanor and experience, and he could get some more playing time in Triple-A if needed. | Ryan Hatch: The Yankees are encouraging players to stop using chewing tobacco, and they could become the fourth team to ban it in the clubhouse. This is kind of a no-brainer in 2016.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: This is an interesting post, because it tries to tease out whether the Yankees' narratives about their players are actually believable. They talk about Austin Romine's chances of making the team, Aaron Hicks' playing time, and Rob Refsnyder's chances of winning the utility job.

YES Network | Associated Press: Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi met with Goose Gossage over his controversial comments about Jose Bautista and modern baseball in general. While they hoped to address the issue, Gossage continues to talk. Please go away.