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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/27/21

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An argument against going after Carlos Correa in free agency; Austin Wells earns AFL Hitter of the Week honors; Could the Yankees sign a star hitter and pitcher this offseason?

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NY Post | Ken Davidoff: Carlos Correa figures to be one of the biggest stars on the market once his Houston Astros finish playing in the World Series, win or lose. The shortstop is part of a highly-coveted company of free agents this year and could make big money, and the Yankees have a hole at shortstop that needs to be filled. However, Correa isn’t the only shortstop available, and because of this, Davidoff argues that it isn’t worth stirring the hornet’s nest by bringing in another former Astro, let alone one that was directly a part of Houston’s 2017 cheating scandal — even if the talent is immensely evident.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: Austin Wells had a solid year beginning his climb within the Yankees’ minor league system, and he’s off to a blazing hot start in the Arizona Fall League as well. Wells’ .538/.600/1.154 slash line earned him Hitter of the Week out west, where the 2020 first-round pick continues to make a name for himself and rise up the Yankees’ prospect lists.

Sports Illustrated | Pat Ragazzo: So Correa, as mentioned, is a possibility but not the clear-cut fit for the Yankees to go after this offseason. Corey Seager may just be the guy for them then, and he might not be alone on their wish list — Toronto pitcher Robbie Ray is hitting the market after a year that might earn him the Cy Young Award. The Yankees haven’t gone on a full-on spending spree since 2014, and haven’t had a successful one since the 2009 precursor to their last title run. Nabbing a top-tier shortstop and starting pitcher would go a long way to replicating both of those feats.