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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/14/16

Swisher deal is official; Yankees reflect on Kobe's career; Chapman pitches in extended spring training; Yankees and Padres talked about Ross; a new way to watch YES

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USA Today | AP: The minor-league deal with Nick Swisher is official, and he's expected to join Triple-A Scranton today. The Yankees are glad to have him back and they hope he can contribute, and he is excellent depth for the season considering the loss of Greg Bird.

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: A number of Yankees reflected on the retirement of Kobe Bryant for whatever reason, I guess because of the parallels between Bryant and Derek Jeter's respective careers and how they impacted their franchises.

ESPN | AP: Aroldis Chapman tossed 15 pitches in an extended spring training game, and he struck out two batters and hit 98 mph. He should be ready to go when his suspension ends. | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees and Padres talked about Tyson Ross, which is no surprise. Ross was on a team that wasn't going to compete and he'll be a free agent after next season. Had the price been right for the Yankees (or Padres), Ross would have been a nice acquisition, especially with the questionable nature of the starting rotation.

Scranton Times Tribune | Donnie Collins: People without YES have a new way to acquire it. Sling TV, which has a la carte online television packages, now offers YES Network if you reside within the regional sports network region. For all of those Comcast subscribers who are desperate, or for cord-cutters, this is a decent option.