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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/11/18

Zach Britton open to staying in lesser role with Yankees; Tanaka wants CC back; a billion dollar Yankee spending plan.

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Newsday | Anthony Rieber: Could the Yankees bypass the Red Sox by going on a billion dollar spending spree in 2019? This ambitious plan that includes signing both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper as well as some combination of Dallas Keuchel, Patrick Corbin, and Andrew Miller. Let’s be clear: there is a zero percent chance this happens. But, this fantasy spending game is still a fun escape after a playoff loss. | Brendan Kuty: Zach Britton is open to staying with the Yankees and foregoing his goal of being a team’s designated closer if it means he’s closer to winning a championship. A lot could happen to change that perspective before next season begins, but this is good news for the Yankees. Britton pitched to a 2.88 ERA over 25 games in pinstripes and was a strong middle relief and set up option in the bullpen for Aaron Boone. Honestly, after playing in Baltimore, I wouldn’t blame Britton if he wanted to sell hot dogs at Yankee Stadium.

New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees have some question marks in their 2019 rotation. So far, only Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino appear to be sure things. But, don’t tell that to Tanaka as he’s hoping that his buddy CC Sabathia will return to New York for another season. Speaking to a reporter through an interpreter, Tanaka said of Sabathia, “Yes, I would like for him to come back. As starting pitchers, we’ve spent a lot of time together, and I know how good he is and how good a leader he is.” I smell a new best friends reality show.