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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/15/21

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Cleaning house in the dugout; Aaron Boone still a managerial option; Peraza and Volpe chomping at the bit; Koerner a free agent

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New York Post | Dan Martin: By now, most fans know the major moves the Yankees made yesterday, informing hitting coach Marcus Thames, deputy P.J. Pilittere, and third-base coach Phil Nevin that they will not be returning for the 2022 season. While this wasn’t necessarily an unexpected development, it does potentially indicate a significant change in the on-field management of the club. Thames, especially, drew high praise in 2019 for developing Yankee hitters, but regression almost entirely across the board over the past two seasons was enough to convince the club a change was needed.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Aaron Boone, for now, is still the presumptive favorite to be the manager of the Yankees next Opening Day. There are persistent rumors the San Diego Padres are interested in bringing him into the fold, and the loss of close friend and ally Nevin could be a signal that Boone’s days are numbered. Despite that fact, many around the Yankees, including YES broadcaster Michael Kay, insist he’ll be brought back.

Yahoo! Sports | Anthony McCarron: The industry consensus appears to point toward the Yankees being major players in the strong shortstop free agent class this winter, though internal options may prompt more caution on that front. Top-100 prospects Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe both had outstanding seasons in the minors, and could be fast-tracked to a major league job if shortstop isn’t filled with a permanent solution.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Brody Koerner’s major league tenure with the Yankees lasted just two outings, three total innings, and could potentially be over already. The soon-to-be 28 year-old elected minor league free agency Thursday, as did Mike Tauchman. The former Yankees was designated for assignment by the Giants at the end of July and finished 2021 at Triple-A Sacramento.