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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/3/21

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Thoughts on Yankees’ top prospects; a Yankees offseason primer; how can the Yankees build their bullpen this winter

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Baseball America | Josh Norris: Earlier this week, Baseball America released their 2022 Top 10 Prospects list for the New York Yankees farm system. Unsurprisingly, fans flooded the site with questions — who will have a breakout 2022, what is Luis Gil’s ceiling, how does the system compare to the rest of the East, and many more. Fortunately, Norris’s answers give a lot of additional context to the list and provide some clues to the Top 30 list that will come out later this winter.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Many unanswered questions surrounding the Yankees going into this offseason, and to help us through that, Bryan Hoch has given us a handy FAQ for fans to consult. Who will be a free agent? Who’s headed for arbitration? Which players are at risk of being traded or, even worse, non-tendered? The answers to all these questions are more are right here — all except for the most important one, however: “What will the Yankees do this winter?”

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: From Gerrit Cole being pulled in just the third inning of the AL Wild Card Game, relievers have been the most important pitchers in the playoffs, fresh on the heels of a season in which only four starting starting pitchers threw 200 innings or more. Despite many in the baseball media world lamenting the death of starting pitching, bullpen arms have become one of the most important things a would-be contender needs to build. While the Yankees had one of the league’s top bullpens this past season, there’s still a lot that they can do to keep its status.