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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/14/18

Brian Cashman and Aaron Boone are looking ahead to next year; Hal Steinbrenner is not above spending over the luxury tax for 2019; Manny Machado showing what he can do in NLCS

Wild Card Game - Oakland Athletics v New York Yankees
Look. You see that? That’s the future!
Photo by Elsa/Getty Images | David Adler: Did everyone enjoy watching baseball yesterday? You probably noticed the sad lack of Yankees in the playoffs. Brian Cashman stressed that he was not happy with the results of 2018, as the only satisfying result is a World Series Championship. Aaron Boone also understood fan’s disappointment in the final results of this season, but believes they can get better. I don’t believe that. I think they’re doomed, quite frankly. So doomed it hurts.

Newsday | David Lennon: Of course, a lot of this year’s offseason discussion will be based on whether or not the Yankees have any intention of going over the luxury tax. They didn’t this year, so yay?? Huzzah?? Whatever. Hal Steinbrenner has said in the past that he’s not above spending if it’s worth it. He’s also said that he believes this team can win without spending $200 million or more. This year’s free agent class is gonna be pricey, so we’ll see.

New York Post | Kevin Kernan: Speaking of expensive free agents, Manny Machado. He’ll be available. The Yankees might be in the market. In Friday’s game, Machado showed what he is capable of both on offense and defense. Machado offered his best wishes for Didi Gregorius, and was asked about his potential future in pinstripes. I believe his exact words were “I’m in the postseason now and that’s where my focus is totally. Plus, I know a lot of Yankee fans don’t want me on the team and well, I’d hate to upset them.” Okay, I’ll admit. Some of that statement was false.