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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/1/2020

Free agent market could be ice cold again; Carlos Mendoza getting second interview with Red Sox; Tommy Kahnle elects free agency

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NY Post | Joel Sherman: The offseason between the 2018-19 seasons was an abnormally slow one, as teams took ages to court prized free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper and the tier-two free agents below them had to sit around and wait for offers. This offseason could look a lot like that one, and potentially be worse as agents are predicting that teams will cling tight to their wallets following a season without fans in attendance. | Mike Rosenstein: There’s been plenty of speculation that the Red Sox are leaning towards bringing back their former manager Alex Cora, but he’s not the only coach that the team is eyeing. Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza recently received a second interview with Boston, putting him on the short list to be considered for the manager gig. | Thomas Harrigan: Tommy Kahnle’s run as a Yankee ended yesterday, as the team attempted to outright Kahnle and he refused — opting instead for free agency. The reliever will likely miss all of 2021 after Tommy John surgery, which threw a wrench into what was a career that featured high highs and some low lows. The 2017 trade that brought Kahnle to New York featured some key players to that teams postseason run, but Kahnle was the centerpiece that drove the deal, and for the most part he delivered.