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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 10/28/19

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Which Yankees were overpaid or underpaid this year; Chapman ducks opt-out question; World Series games consistently reaching four hours long.

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NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Using FanGraphs’ value tool, Kuty scrolls through the Yankees’ roster to see which player eclipsed their dollar value in comparison to their 2019 salary, and which came in below. You’ll be shocked to know that one of the least valuable players when compared with their annual salary was Jacoby Ellsbury. Giancarlo Stanton was also one of the widest margins due to his injury-riddled season.

New York Post | George King III: Aroldis Chapman was awarded the Mariano Rivera AL Player of the Year Award on Saturday, but following the presentation, Chapman apparently disappeared and avoided a group of reporters who were hoping to ask him about his opt-out this offseason. Chapman seemed pretty adamant about wanting to remain a Yankee when the subject was brought up earlier in the season, but it will definitely be something to keep an eye on this winter.

AP | Ben Walker: The World Series looks like one that could come down to the wire, but despite the star power on both sides and tasty starting pitching matchups, the games themselves have been long. Like, consistently four hours long. The amount of time it takes to complete a baseball game has been a prime concern for a sport trying to grab the attention of the younger generation, but this Fall Classic hasn’t been showing signs of the game’s pace speeding up.