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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/22/19

Stephen Strasburg could be at the top of the Yankees’ offseason plans; CC Sabathia leaves with a heartfelt goodbye; Aaron Judge calls the 2019 season a failure; Edwin Encarnacion says his postseason play will hurt for awhile

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League Championship Series - St Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals - Game Three Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images | Joe Giglio: The Yankees are assumed to be in the market for a starting pitcher once the offseason officially begins. Gerrit Cole is most likely at the top of their list, but Stephen Strasburg could also be a great second option. The Nationals starter can opt-out of his four-year $100 million contract, thus becoming a prized free agent. Strasburg threw over 200 innings, posting a 3.32 ERA in 2019. | Dave Rivera: CC Sabathia has played in his final major league game and posted a heartfelt note on social media to reflect on his 19-year career. He mentioned the hardships he faced growing up and how baseball has always been his home. He is going to miss competing with his team, but his time has come to say goodbye. | Ryan Gaydos: After losing to the Houston Astros in the pennant, Aaron Judge has called the season a failure. The Yankees won 103 games during the regular season, but Judge still does not think 2019 was a success. This is the first decade since 1910-1919 that the Yankees have not appeared in the World Series. | Nick Wojton: Edwin Encarnacion did not have the greatest postseason, especially the ALCS. One of the reasons he was so excited to be traded to the Yankees was because he knew he would be playing in October. Because of his poor performance against the Astros, he says it will hurt for awhile.