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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/18/16

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NBC Sports | Bill Baer: Former Yankee closer Rafael Soriano has decided to retire, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post. The 36-year-old signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays, but a visa issue kept him from showing up to camp.

Newsday | Anthony Rieber: Starlin Castro's hot spring training and athletic plays in the field may be more reminiscent of Robinson Cano than Yankee fans are used to since Cano departed New York for Seattle. Willie Randolph and Joe Girardi have both been impressed with Castro's play, but Randolph wants to see him continue to learn the ins and outs of playing second base. | Brendan Kuty: Mark Montgomery seemed on a path to be the next Yankee reliever with a devastating pitch before shoulder bursitis completely threw his prospect status off track. With his shoulder fully healed. Montgomery's velocity has returned, and with it should come his slider that made him such an interesting prospect.

New York Post | Kevin Kernan: It is no secret that the Yankees are relying heavily upon young Luis Severino. Carlos Beltran knows very well what that kind of pressure is like, so he and Larry Rothschild sat down with Severino in hopes of giving him a support system to seek out with any questions.

CBS | Sweeny Murti: The competition for backup catcher seems to be down to Austin Romine and Gary Sanchez, and the former has performed much better than he has in the past to this point in spring training. Although Sanchez's star definitely burns brighter, it could be Romine's time to shine to start the season.