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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/5/20

Trevor Bauer rejects the Reds’ qualifying offer; were there flaws in the process to select Gold Glove winners in 2020?; pros and cons of trading for shortstop Brandon Crawford; how will the Yankees proceed with Gary Sanchez?

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New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert In the aftermath of the Gold Glove awards, the Yankees came out empty-handed. Gio Urshela and Clint Frazier lost to a couple of Texas Rangers, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Joey Gallo. Ackert says that the morning after was filled with shock, anger, confusion and, indifference. The primary reason why those feelings were present, per the writer, was because Rawlings used the ‘SABR Defensive Index’ as the only tool to identify the winners, citing the unusual nature of the 2020 season. The system considered “five different measures of a players defense and measures it by how many runs he saves compared to his peers.” That, according to Ackert, took the human element out of the equation.

SNY | Scott Thompson Several media outlets have recently said that the Yankees could consider upgrading the infield defense by bringing in a slick-fielding shortstop, and sending Gleyber Torres to a different position in the process. Thompson examines the pros and cons of trading for San Francisco GiantsBrandon Crawford.

WFAN | Sweeny Murti Gary Sánchez had a miserable 2020 season. He struggled to adjust to a new defensive stance, but had a really hard time at the plate, with a career-low 69 wRC+ and whiff after whiff. It all resulted in his benching in the playoffs, and now the Yankees are in a difficult position regarding their former All-Star catcher. His legendary power could make the Bombers regret any trade should he find his stroke in the batter’s box again, but for manager Aaron Boone, it’s probably not as easy as plugging him in the lineup every day over Kyle Higashioka, a superior blocker and overall defender, with blind faith. Kuty talks to scouts and specialists about Sanchez’s game.

ESPN: Free agent pitcher (and possible Yankees’ target) Trevor Bauer rejected the one-year, $18.9 million qualifying offer that the Cincinnati Reds tendered to him. It means that if the Bombers, or any team, sign him this offseason, they will have to surrender a high draft pick. The right-hander is a candidate to win the NL Cy Young and should command a high annual salary.