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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/2/17

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Yankees offseason plans could be impacted by Tanaka’s decision; Hal will talk to A-Rod about his future with the Yankees; Kevin Reese named the new head of minor league ops; Jerry Hairston Jr. confirmed to be a managerial candidate

League Championship Series - Houston Astros v New York Yankees - Game Five
“Listen, you shouldn’t opt out. Trust me. I’m your catcher!” -Gary Sanchez
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Around the Empire

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: The World Series has ended. The Houston Astros are your World Series Champions. There will be no more baseball until February. In the merry ol’ land of pinstripes, two offseason predicaments are in the forefront. The first is whether or not Greg Kirkland will get the managerial job. The second regards Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka has three days to decide whether or not he is going to opt out or not. There is a strong rumor out there that he won’t opt out because he loves us, specially his soon to be manager Greg Kirkland. In any case, his decision could impact how the Yankees approach the offseason as a whole.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Another contract that’s coming off the books is that of one Alex Rodriguez. The special adviser to Hal Steinbrenner might not be done advising him yet, per Hal Steinbrenner. Hal said he will talk to A-Rod about his future role with the Yankees, if he even wants one. A-Rod could broadcast or continue coaching the younger players in some capacity. I’d love A-Rod in the YES booth, especially if David Cone becomes the manager. If he doesn’t, hire him anyway.

New York Post | George A. King III: While the Yankees need a new manager, they were also in need of a new head of minor league operations. You can blame Derek Jeter for taking Gary Denbo away from us to do things his way. According to the Post, the Yankees’ director of professional scouting, Kevin Reese, will become the new head of minor league ops. This is fantastic news because of all the possible Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup puns. HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT, KUNJ SHAH?

Just throwing that out there.

Also, with the Astros winning the World Series yesterday, former Yankee Carlos Beltran finally got a World Series ring.