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Around the Empire - Yankees news: 9/27/20

Yankees need to straighten out defensive issues before playoffs; Giancarlo Stanton won’t opt out of contract; DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit on the verge of big milestones.

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New York Post | Dan Martin: Ahead of this shortened season, we spent a fair bit of time wondering what kind of strange or wild statistics the Yankees’ starts could put up in just 60 games. While we won’t see any big records set, DJ LeMahieu is in position to win the AL’s batting title, while Luke Voit’s 22 home runs lead the majors. Those two performances stand out as the most memorable of this pandemic campaign. | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees’ sloppy defense has been a storyline of the past week. The team has dropped the ball, literally, left and right, and has kicked away four errors twice in the last five games. A failure to straighten out the defensive issues could leave the Yankees in a precarious place come the Wild Card round.

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: Giancarlo Stanton will reportedly not opt out of the final seven yeras of his contract. Stanton was always unlikely to opt out, after a 2019 season in which he struggled to stay healthy and an abbreviated 2020 season. Still, you can never be sure what a player is going to do with an opt-out clause until it comes time to exercise it, and as of now, and it looks extremely likely will stick with the $218 million he’s owed through 2027, $30 million of which will be paid by the Marlins.

New York Post | Steve Serby: Aaron Boone sat down with Serby to discuss the team heading into the postseason. Boone reiterated the idea that the Yankees had “unfinished business” after three crushing playoff exits in the previous three seasons, two of which Boone oversaw. The manager also talked about the toughest aspects of managing during a harrowing year.