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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 10/13/20

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The Yankees face hurdles with DJ LeMahieu; other big offseason decisions; potential free agents that the Yanks and Mets may battle for.

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: The biggest question of the Yankees’ offseason will be what to do about DJ LeMahieu, the team’s most valuable contributor over the past two seasons and now a free agent. There could be some wrinkles that arise, like how the Yankees will approach a free agent that will demand big money given the current landscape of the league amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Yanks could wind up crying poor, since you know, baseball isn’t that profitable of an industry anyway, according to some owners.

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: In addition to LeMahieu, the Yankees have other big questions this offseason, including shoring up the starting rotation outside of Gerrit Cole, and what to do behind the plate after a frustrating season from Gary Sánchez. There’s also the fact that numerous members of this new core are free agents after the 2022 season, so if the Yanks want to win a title with this group, they better make some improvements.

SNY.tv | Danny Abriano: The Mets have a new owner who is expected to spend big, so will the Yankees have some competition within their own city for big-name free agents? That hasn’t been an issue for the Yanks in the past, but the Mets could use some rotation depth, and might make a play for Trevor Bauer on a one-year deal, and certainly could try and make a big splash for J.T. Realmuto, whom the Yankees could see as their catcher of the future if they want to move on from Sánchez.