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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/20/18

The Yankees’ claim as the last defending back-to-back champs survived, but at what cost?; One big option on the pitching market might already be gone; Previewing the futures of each member of the 2018 roster

MLB: ALCS-Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros
It’s not what you want.
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NY Post | Joel Sherman: The 1998-2000 Yankees are special for many reasons, but one thing that stands out about them to this day is that they’re the last set of teams to defend a World Series title. That distinction was ensured for the 18th consecutive year when the Astros were eliminated in the ALCS, but at the cost of the team-that-shall-not-be-named advancing. The Yankees keep their historical advantage, but that doesn’t outweigh the Red Sox’ dominance over the last 15 or so years. | Mike Rosenstein: It’s no secret that the Yankees are after pitching this offseason. Brian Cashman has come out and said that upgrading the staff is the number one priority heading into 2019. One interesting case that could be made is whether Charlie Morton could be a viable pickup. The veteran right-hander had a renaissance season, and wouldn’t be looking to command a long-term commitment. Problem is, he’s very much in favor of returning to the team that brought about his resurgence, the Astros. | Brendan Kuty: There are a lot of question marks going forward for the Yankees, both regarding players no longer under contract, and those still signed to the team. Brendan Kuty breaks down who is set to earn what in 2019, and what their immediate future could look like.