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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/31/20

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Yankees decline J.A. Happ’s option; what effect will Giancarlo Stanton not opting out have?; the latest on J.T. Realmuto; LaRussa surpasses Berra in odd record.

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ESPN: The Yankees have a lot of options this offseason, folks... In case you missed it, the Yankees have made some roster moves this week, picking up Zack Britton’s option, keeping him in New York through 2022. We had news of that and their declining of Brett Gardner’s option on Thursday, we got more option news on Friday. J.A. Happ’s option was also declined, officially making him a free agent.

New York Post | Dan Martin: In other roster news, Giancarlo Stanton will not exercise the opt-out in his contract, meaning he’ll be a Yankee for the foreseeable future. In the playoffs, he showed just how good and feared a hitter he still can be. However, if the Yankees do intend to try and get under the luxury tax, it will make things tricky for them.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: One upcoming free agent the Yankees have been connected to is catcher J.T. Realmuto. While it remains to be seen how seriously they go after him, it appears his current team and potential competition, the Phillies, seem down about their chances.

MLB.com | Sarah Langs: Earlier this week, Tony LaRussa was hired to manage the White Sox. He previously led the team, with the 34-year gap between stints blowing the record out of the water. One of the ones LaRussa surpassed was a 19-year gap Yogi Berra had between his two tenures as Yankees’ manager.