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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/24/20

Don’t hold your breath on a Gregorius reunion; Getting creative with the Yankees’ payroll; The one new MLB rule Aaron Boone didn’t like

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New York Post | Zach Brasiller: Gleyber Torres was not good in his first full year as the Yankees’ shortstop, but it’s probably not time to push the panic button. An old friend is available in free agency in the form of Didi Gregorius, but he doesn’t see the Yankees being interested. Gregorius expressed confidence in Torres after the rough year, saying he’s the “future” at shortstop in New York. As for Didi’s next stop, he’s down for staying in Philadelphia, but is open to all options.

SNY | Andy Martino: The Yankees are reportedly trying to keep their payroll under $210 million next year to avoid paying the luxury tax. This would undoubtedly make the team worse, as they’d probably have to say goodbye to two of DJ LeMahieu, Masahiro Tanaka and Zack Britton and wouldn’t have a ton of leftover budget for replacing the other two. Of course, the one way around this is by offloading other excess cash. Martino speculates that Adam Ottavino, Gary Sánchez or Aroldis Chapman could be flipped to clear space. | Brendan Kuty: Aaron Boone is a pretty adaptable guy, so it’s not surprising that he accepted most of the new MLB rule changes this year. In an interview on MLB Network Radio with Jim Bowden, Boone said he liked getting a runner on second base in extra innings, hopes that the universal DH stays in the league next year, and even said that the seven-inning doubleheaders “made sense” for the unique 2020 season. The one rule he didn’t like? The three-batter minimum for relief pitchers. Boone preferred being able to go batter-to-batter out of the bullpen and expressed hope that the rule changes back to the old way.