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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/4/20

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Gardner could return to the Bronx; Frazier, Urshela lose out on Gold Gloves; former prospects hit free agency

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New York Post | George A. King III: The Yankees enter the 2020 offseason with some clear goals, notably shoring up the infield defense and bolstering the pitching staff. Buttressing the outfielder doesn’t exactly figure into those plans, but the team could still find some use for Brett Gardner. The 37-year-old still offers value as a fourth outfielder and a left-handed bat, someone who could occasionally help balance the lineup. The Bombers may have declined his option, but don’t rule out another Gardy Party just yet.

MLB.com | Paul Casella: The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced last night, because obviously nothing else was going on. The Yankees had two finalists, Gio Urshela at third base and Clint Frazier in right field, yet both walked away empty handed. Isiah Kiner-Falefa of the Rangers took home the award at the hot corner, while right field went to his teammate, Joey Gallo.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: In case you missed it, a number of players in the Yankees’ minor-league elected free agency this week. The list includes former major-leaguers like Fernando Abad and Matt Duffy, as well as former top international free agent Leonardo Molina. The team signed him to a $1.4 million bonus in 2013; he just never hit a lick. Also among the new free agents? Domingo Acevedo, a familiar face on the internal top prospects lists for a few years.