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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/17/20

Mark Teixeira thinks the Yankees should trade Luke Voit; What Yankees can expect to earn in arbitration; Homers bring success in October

Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees - Game Three Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: Luke Voit’s name hasn’t appeared in any trade rumors, but speculation has risen that the Yankees should try to move him. Former Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira was the latest to opine that the Yankees should consider moving Voit, with the 29-year-old coming off an excellent season. Teixeira points out that such a trade would allow the Yankees to re-sign DJ LeMahieu and move him to first, though doing so could neutralize some of LeMahieu’s value, which stems from his ability to play up the middle.

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: Not strictly a Yankees piece here, but an interesting one nonetheless, as it touches on a topic that does relate to the Bombers: the efficacy of home-run hitting offenses in October. Lindbergh examines the statistic that has been making the rounds this postseason, that of the record of teams that out-homer their opponents. He finds that modern teams rely on the long ball more than ever to win in the playoffs, and that swinging for the fences does appear to be a winning strategy in October, contrary to the seemingly popular belief that manufacturing runs and small ball brings benefits when the chips are down. | Mike Rosenstein: Every year, MLB Trade Rumors forecasts salaries for players eligible for arbitration. They published their projections for the Yankees’ arb-eligible players, which is a more difficult task in this age of uncertainty. In any event, the likes of Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier will start to make bigger money as they hit arbitration for the first time, though it’s possible that others, like Aaron Judge or Chad Green, might not see as big raises as they would have earned in a non-coronavirus upended world.