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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 1/1/21

Tanaka wants to rejoin Yankees or return to Japan; Yanks score win with Rays’ subtractions; remembering members of Yankee family that we lost in 2020.

American League Division Series Game 4: New York Yankees v. Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images | Randy Miller: The Yankees’ starting rotation is still loaded with unknowns, and one of the team’s most reliable rotation arms last year reportedly only has interest in playing for the Yankees, or nowhere in MLB at all. Masahiro Tanaka’s desires are to either play for the Yankees or go back to play in Japan. Sounds like a good opportunity for the Yanks to bring back a solid pitcher already interested in returning so the final four rotation spots are more than big question marks.

NY Post | Dan Martin: Not bringing back Tanaka is one of many potential moves that the Yankees haven’t made this offseason, but they still seem to be in better shape heading into this season because of their top competition in the East, with the Rays now selling off their top pitchers after coming just two wins away from winning a World Series. Now without both Charlie Morton and Blake Snell, the Rays seem poised to take a step back. Now, if only the Yankees decided to pounce on this opportunity... | Randy Miller: The year 2020 was....awful, and for so many more important reasons than baseball. But the baseball world, including Yankees Universe, lost some loved ones this year, including Whitey Ford, Don Larsen and Phil Niekro. Best wishes to all of their loved ones after a trying year.