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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/5/19

The Yankees’ main concern, as always, should be starting pitching; A red flag regarding Stephen Strasburg?; Munson and Mattingly in consideration for the Hall; No qualifying offer for Gregorius.

Washington Nationals Victory Parade Photo by Chaz Niell/Getty Images | Joe Giglio: Stephen Strasburg profiles as a perfect target for the Yankees in almost every way. Giglio argues that Strasburg’s elbow, however, stands as his one potential flaw. Strasburg underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010, and hasn’t suffered any complications as a result. Even so, some may wonder about his new ligament’s durability nearly a decade after the operation.

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: Axisa provides an overall preview of the Yankees’ offseason, and ultimately leaves with one main takeaway: starting pitching should be the team’s focus. He runs down New York’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as their payroll situation, and concludes simply that Gerrit Cole or Strasburg would help this club in a way few players could. Not a groundbreaking idea, but one I can certainly get behind.

ESPN: Hall of Fame season is around the corner. Before the debates regarding who should go in on the traditional ballot, though, there’s the matter of the Modern Era Baseball committee. The committee contains 16 voters, and considers players from the 1970’s and 80’s who failed on the writers’ ballots. Players among consideration this year are Yankee legends Thurman Munson and Don Mattingly. Mattingly never received more than 28 percent of votes on the writers’ ballots, while Munson never garnered more than 16 percent.

Also, if you missed it, the Yankees did not tender a qualifying offer to Didi Gregorius. The lovable shortstop will hit free agency without restriction.