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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/4/21

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Setting the table for the offseason; Correa’s path to free agency; who the team will lean on the most in 2022.

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New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The World Series is over, teams are in the middle of their five-day exclusive negotiating window with pending free agents, and it’s time to turn our attention in full to the offseason. There is a collective bargaining agreement to be negotiated, but while we wait for a resolution on that front, we need to preview the things the Yankees need, and the things Yankee fans may want, out of this winter, as well as the nine free agents the club has.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Speaking of those needs and wants, two of the premier free agents this winter competed in the World Series, with Freddie Freeman and Carlos Correa appearing to be on divergent paths post-Fall Classic. It’s hard to imagine Freeman ever leaving Atlanta (he said as much himself yesterday), but Correa may be a little too pricey for the Astros liking, and much more likely than his World Series opponent to be in a different uniform next spring.

North Jersey | Pete Caldera: Rule of thirds, right? The Yankees as an org have an offseason list of needs and wants, the players that are already in place for the foundation of the 2022 squad, and the players that might be off the team come February. Its certainly convenient, perhaps gimmicky, that each category just happens to include four players.