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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/26/21

A look at Yankees contract situations entering offseason; Rizzo reportedly open to Bronx return; Yanks have work to do on rotation; five Yankees named Silver Slugger finalists; Bobby Richardson’s World Series MVP

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports | Bryan Hoch: Here is a breakdown of every player who had a notable role for the Yankees in 2021, and their contract situation heading into the 2022 season, from the free agents to the guys not yet in arbitration years. The Yankees will definitely have some big choices to make ahead of next season. | Mike Rosenstein: One of the choices that New York must make is whether or not to re-sign first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who is set to hit the free agent market. Apparently, Rizzo is more than open to a return to the Yankees. Whether or not the team will bring him back considering some of the other names on the free agent market remains to be seen.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The rotation is also an area where the Yankees have some work to do this offseason. Gerrit Cole (despite the Wild Card Game performance) and Jordan Montgomery are really the only ones with no real questions marks around them going into next year. Beyond that, there are guys dealing with an injury this offseason (Jameson Taillon), guys who missed a lot of time with them last year (Luis Severino, Domingo Germán), and guys that are still mostly unproven at the MLB level (Luis Gil, Clarke Schmidt). Beyond that, Corey Kluber is a free agent. There’s some work to do. | Brian Murphy: The finalists for the Silver Slugger awards were announced on Monday and five Yankees are among the nominees. Aaron Judge (Outfield), Gary Sánchez (Catcher), DJ LeMahieu (Second Base), Joey Gallo (Designated Hitter), and Giancarlo Stanton (Designated Hitter) are all up for the award at their various positions. | Bill Ladson: With the World Series getting underway tonight, here’s a look back a notable Fall Classic moments from years past. Sixty-one years ago, the Yankees’ Bobby Richardson became the first, and still only, player to win World Series MVP while on the losing team.