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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/15/16

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New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Roberto Alomar, who is now a special assistant in the Blue Jays organization, saw James Kaprielian at spring training and considers the prospect to be big league ready right now. Alomar admitted that Blue Jays prospects were overmatched when facing the Yankees' first round draft pick from last season when they faced off in Florida.

New York Post | George King III: Dellin Betances says that the Yankees offered him a $540,000 contract for 2016, and he was advised to turn it down. The Yankees ended up offering a contract of $507,500 instead, equal to the amount Betances made in 2015. The big reliever isn't worried about being underpaid, though. He knows that he's due for a huge raise if he keeps performing like he has.

New York Times | Billy Witz: The Yankees have been neutralized by left-handers, and that trend has carried over into 2016 so far. That will happen with so many lefty bats in the lineup, and Joe Girardi switched it up a bit most recently with Ronald Torreyes and Austin Romine in the lineup over Didi Gregorius and Brian McCann, respectively. | Brendan Kuty: Didi Gregorius is off to a hot start at the plate, and an adjustment made with the help of the Yankee hitting coach may be responsible. The Yankee shortstop has tried to keep his right shoulder closer to the plate with every pitch so that he can hang in there a bit longer and drive the ball.