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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/19/16

Yankees offer former Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada a minor league deal, Gregorius & Castro's relationship develops, and more.

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MLB Trade Rumors | Steve Adams: The Yankees offered recently-cut Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada a minor league deal, but he turned it down to pursue major league offers

YES Network | Lou DiPietro: Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro are growing accustomed to each other as the Yankees' new double play combination, and they are looking forward to working together both this year and several seasons beyond.

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: Speaking of Castro, he has shown an impressive amount of power in camp that was not really expected. Feinsand also touched on Luis Severino's Thursday dominance, why Aaron Hicks had to miss that game, and the continued mystery of the backup catcher competition.

New York Times | Randal Archibald: The story of Rene Arocha, who in 1991 became the first Cuban star to defect, paving the way for the likes of Yoenis Cespedes, Orlando Hernandez, and many more. Although most people don't remember him since his career fizzled out due to injuries, his impact cannot be understated.

NJ.com | Ryan Hatch: Meet the voice behind Masahiro Tanaka! Shingo Horie, his translator, has certainly had his own interesting path into baseball.