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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/29/20

Non-tender deadline coming up; MLB clubs favoring short deals; Hall of Fame being too stingy?

American League Division Series Game 3: New York Yankees v. Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

New York Post | George A. King III: The non-tender deadline is this week, December 2nd, and the Yankees might end up being dramatic players in what’s often a routine exercise. This year’s deadline is expected to be busier than most, and catcher Gary Sánchez is one of the names that might possibly not be tendered a contract, due to his lackluster 2020 (more on that this afternoon), and expected $6 million arbitration salary. | Mike Petriello: It’s almost Hall of Fame time, and one of the more historically underrated Yankees on the ballot in Andy Pettitte. Petriello builds a case that the Hall has actually been too stingy with who they induct, and that spells trouble for Pettitte’s case, as well as the potential case for CC Sabathia when he becomes eligible in 2023.

New York Daily News | Bill Madden: MLB free agents are facing a twin killing of a COVID-19 shortened season and a looming CBA battle while struggling to get contracts. Virtually every team lost money — although this article initially claimed that the Phillies lost $2 billion, a laughable, embarrassing mistake. Free agents are likely to have to settle for short-term deals this winter, as there probably won’t be any nine- or ten-year contracts available until MLB’s financial performance, and the new CBA, are righted.