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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/30/18

Gardner’s option looming; “Lukewarm” on Machado; Willingness to spend will dictate offseason; Cutch gets criticized for supporting Pearce

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Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees have to make a decision on their longest tenured player and clubhouse leader in the next couple days. Brian Cashman can either exercise a $12.5 million team option or a $2 million buyout, which would make Brett Gardner a free agent. Gardner wants to come back to the only team he knows, and even if he becomes a free agent, a reunion on a cheaper deal shouldn’t be ruled out. | Andy Martino: One of the most watched storylines this offseason will be where Manny Machado ends up signing. The Yankees are rumored to be one of his favorite landing spots, but his postseason “antics” might have left a sour taste in Yankees executives’ mouths. To be fair, this could be a real thing or just a way to try and get some leverage for negotiations.

New York Post | Dan Martin: In today’s segment of obvious news, the Yankees’ success or failure this offseason will depend on how much they’re willing to spend. They could have an offseason for the ages if they’re actually willing to open the checkbook. Then again Hal might need to go all out for his 10th yacht. | Nicole Yang: People can be the worst sometimes. After Steve Pearce was named World Series MVP, Andrew McCutchen was understandably excited for his friend and took to Twitter. Yankees fans then went after McCutchen saying he was cheering “for the enemy.” Pearce was in Cutch’s wedding and the two go way back. Also let’s not forget that he was only a Yankee for like 10 minutes, so let’s just relax and let people have lives.