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Paredes soaked up advice from Cano in offseason


KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- A split-squad Yankees club that didn't have any household names was at Osceola County Stadium on Thursday, which meant Astros outfielder Jimmy Paredes didn't get a chance to say hello to friend Robinson Cano.

Paredes worked out with Cano this offseason in the Dominican Republic and soaked up as much advice as he could from the four-time All-Star.

"He told me a lot of things about hitting," said Paredes, who was moved to the outfield last spring. "He told me to see the ball and look for a good pitch you can drive. He said, 'Don't swing at bad pitches. Don't swing at the pitcher's best pitch.' He's a good guy."

Paredes' offseason regimen when he wasn't playing winter ball began every day at 6:30 a.m. with a workout to get stronger. He did a lot of agility work in the gym and has gained about 15 pounds of muscle, pushing his weight up to about 215.

"Every day I worked on my body," Paredes said.

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