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Trevor Bauer? JT Realmuto? Francisco Lindor? Yankees Will Need To Be Creative This Winter After Their Latest Failure In October

Trevor Bauer? JT Realmuto? Francisco Lindor? Yankees Will Need To Be Creative This Winter After Their Latest Failure In October

Now what?

The Yankees fell short for the 11th straight season on Friday night.

And while the Rays and Astros will vie for AL supremacy, the Bombers are left to pick up the pieces as the offseason begins.

They’ve been able to field an annual contender replete with skill and talent, but haven’t been able to get over the hump in the past four Octobers.

Here’s a breakdown of what is to come from Brian Cashman and the rest of the front office:

Gary Sanchez’s Future/Catching Situation: The biggest story of the postseason was Sanchez losing his starting catching job to reserve Kyle Higashioka. He’s always been a liability on defense, but Sanchez got sent to the bench because of his inability to hit. The Yankees could finally look to cut ties with a player they’ve defended for years. If so, JT Realmuto – who looks headed out of Philadelphia with the team looking to re-route its money into starting pitching — is the obvious prize on the market, but James McCann could also make sense as a cheaper option to platoon with Higashioka. The Rays just beat the Yankees with the lesser-known platoon of Mike Zunino and Michael Perez, so it is possible.

Trevor Bauer Market/Starting Pitching Depth: Gerrit Cole proved his worth as a $324 million ace, getting his Yankee legacy off on the right foot with a gutsy effort in Game 5. But behind Cole, there are

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Something has to change after another ‘awful’ October for the Yankees | Klapisch

Something has to change after another ‘awful’ October for the Yankees | Klapisch

SAN DIEGO – The Rays’ trolling of the Yankees was getting down to business in its second hour. A dozen players in shorts and t-shirts were clustered near the first base dugout, break-dancing on the turf, smoking cigars, chugging something that looked stronger than Gatorade.

Just to drive home the point, the Rays toasted themselves as they blasted “New York, New York” and “Empire State of Mind.”

The Yankees may or may not have heard the commotion in their clubhouse. No matter: they were already traumatized, unable to do more than mumble through their Zoom interviews. Another October had ended too soon. Season over, time for the annual post mortem. The scene has become all too familiar.

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So what is it with this franchise? It’s been four years of disappointment with no end in sight. The ALDS Game 5 loss to the Rays wouldn’t have been so devastating except that it happened in 2019 against the Astros, in 2018 against the Red Sox and 2017 against the Astros. Once again, the Bombers were eliminated on one swing – Mike Brosseau’s HR off Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning, sealing the 2-1 defeat.

Maybe it was karma stomping on Chapman, who’d buzzed that 101-mph fastball at Brosseau’s head last month. To say the Rays hated the Yankees’ closer for weaponizing his four-seamer is putting it mildly. Nothing did more to fuel that post-game party than the stupefied expression on Chapman’s face as Brosseau circled the bases.

It took nearly a half hour for the Yankees to face the media afterwards. Aaron Boone needed the time to hold an emotional team meeting. Several players wept. And by the looks of it the manager

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Yankees’ season ends on Mike Brosseau homer off Aroldis Chapman

Yankees’ season ends on Mike Brosseau homer off Aroldis Chapman

SAN DIEGO – On the Tampa Bay Rays’ side, Mike Brosseau’s tie-breaking homer was a beautiful form of poetic justice.

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