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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/25/20

Yankees begin offseason planning; Gregorius compares managers; Boone approves of some rule changes

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New York Post | George A. King III: The Yankees began their organization meetings last week, reports King. These meetings set the tone for the entire offseason, as Brian Cashman rarely deviates from the plans laid out in October. For example, two offseasons ago, we learned during the organization meetings that the team only wanted Manny Machado if the price was right, and they had no real interest in Bryce Harper. Last year, the club made it clear they would sign Gerrit Cole no matter the cost. No rumors have leaked out so far, but expect conversations to revolve around Gleyber Torres, Gary Sánchez, DJ LeMahieu, and the luxury tax. | Randy Miller: Didi Gregorius made headlines when he said that he doesn’t expect the Yankees to pursue a reunion. Later in the same interview, he talked about his playing time under both Joe Girardi and Aaron Boone. From the sounds of it, he preferred the former. “They’re both good managers. For me, the only thing I see different is Joe goes more with his instincts — that’s what I think — and Boone goes more with analytics...I always tell people I understand the analytics part of the game, but you’ve also got a take the heart of the player. You can’t measure that on paper or anything.”

Newsday | Erik Boland: On the subject of Boone, the Yankees’ manager reflected on the many rule changes MLB implemented in the 2020 season. It turns out Boone enjoyed some of the modifications, including seven-inning double headers, and runners starting on second during extra innings. While he wasn’t a fan of expanded playoffs and the three-batter minimum, he sounded generally impressed with the tweaks.