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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/19/2020

MLB Trade Rumors | TC Zencka: Fresh off a season in which the $265 million Yankees finished second in the AL East to the $73 million payroll of the Tampa Bay Rays, all signs point to the Bombers being one of the many teams looking to cut costs for the 2021 season. With a number of salaries coming off the books, current projections anticipate that, post-arbitration raises, the Yankees will have about $171 million in expenses—roughly $30 million-$40 million below the luxury-tax line. Unfortunately, the Yankees are losing one of the best hitters in the league (DJ LeMahieu) as well as three-fifths of the starting rotation (Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, J.