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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/14/20

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Boone to stay on as manager; Zack Britton in contract limbo; Free agent pitching targets for the Yankees

American League Division Series Game 5: New York Yankees v. Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

CBS Sports | Dayn Perry: Hal Steinbrenner confirmed Tuesday on The Michael Kay Show that Aaron Boone would indeed be back as the Yankees’ manager in 2021. Steinbrenner went so far to say that Boone staying on is “just a fact.” Boone has not made the World Series in his three years on the job, but has compiled 236 wins and a .615 winning percentage. He is well-liked by his players and front office, and surely deserves at least one more go with the current core.

New York Post | George A. King III: Zack Britton signed a strange contract with the Yankees before 2019, and now it’s decision time for both the club and the player. The Yankees have to decide whether or not to pick up two more years at $27 million total on Britton’s deal after the World Series ends. If they don’t, Britton can either opt in for one more year, or completely opt out and test free agency. Per Britton, the Yankees have had no contact with him so far, but it’s important to note that the team’s decision comes first. Unless the Yankees want to make their already-shaky bullpen even weaker, re-signing Britton for two more years seems like an easy decision.

SNY | Scott Thompson: It’s no secret that the Yankees need to add pitching this offseason. Fortunately, there are plenty of names available – some familiar, and some unfamiliar. Some names mentioned include Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, Trevor Bauer, Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker, but you’ll have to read to find out who is on the “yes” list and who is on the “no” list.