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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 11/2/20

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LeMahieu gets a qualifying offer, while Tanaka and Paxton don’t; Stanton opts into remainder of his mega contract; potential free agents that can help Yankees’ rotation.

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NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The Yankees extended a qualifying offer to DJ LeMahieu, but that was it. LeMahieu now has ten days to accept the $18.9 million offer, which he likely won’t, or elect for free agency. In the likely event that LeMahieu rejects the offer, he would join teammates Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton as free agents, who did not receive qualifying offers from the Yanks.

ESPN: In a move that surprised nobody, Giancarlo Stanton did not opt out of his mega contract, and will keep his remaining seven guaranteed years and $218 million that is left on the record-breaking deal he signed with the Marlins. Stanton’s injury woes have hurt his value, but the show he put on this postseason as a regular DH gives the Yanks a window to maximize his value and take on a Nelson Cruz role moving forward.

NY Post | Dan Martin: Tanaka and Paxton are now free agents, leaving two more holes in a starting rotation that was clearly depleted in the ALDS. So where do the go from here? Some other free agents on the market could help, like Trevor Bauer and Kevin Gausman, but we’ll have to see if the Yankees plan on spending much money this winter.