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#1 von elaine95 , 26.11.2018 04:10

NEW YORK (AP) — Luke Voit and the New York Yankees set two home run records with one swing of the bat.The brawny first baseman hit a two-run shot to straightaway center field in the second inning Thursday night against Boston Authentic Matt Ryan Jersey , giving the Yankees a major league-record 12 players with at least 10 home runs this season.“It’s pretty cool,” Voit said. “That’s kind of a cool stat to be a part of.”Voit’s homer also was the 246th for New York this year, breaking the franchise mark set in 2012. The Bronx Bombers ended the night with 247, including Giancarlo Stanton’s seventh career grand slam in the fourth.The long balls weren’t enough, though, as the Red Sox clinched their third consecutive AL East title with an 11-6 victory over the second-place Yankees.“Up and down their lineup they just outslugged us a little bit,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.New York is on pace for 262 home runs — which would be two short of the big league record established by the 1997 Seattle Mariners.Voit, who also hit one homer for St. Louis this season, has connected 10 times in 30 games with the Yankees since they acquired him July 28. He went 4 for 4 with two home runs Wednesday night against the Red Sox.He joined Stanton, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius Matt Ryan Jersey Limited , Miguel Andujar, Aaron Hicks, Gleyber Torres, Gary Sanchez, Brett Gardner, Greg Bird, Neil Walker and Austin Romine as players with double-digit homers for the Yankees this year.The other teams that had 11 players with 10 or more home runs were the Houston Astros in 2015 and 2017, the 2016 Minnesota Twins and the 2004 Detroit Tigers.“Everyone was talking about it,” Voit said. “No one else could say they did that. So it’s an accolade you can take forever, so it’s pretty cool.” John McCoy/Getty ImagesThe MLB offseason is underway, and free agency will begin in earnest on Saturday , Nov. 3 after the five-day exclusive negotiating period with free agents ends.With no salary cap in baseball, free agency doesn't move quite as quickly as it does in the NBA or NFL, but the rumor mill should kick into full swing as teams start reaching out to top free agents.In the meantime, ahead is a look at some of the notable rumors that have trickled out recently:Bryce Harper'Not Part of the Plan' for the YankeesDustin Bradford/Getty ImagesDespite years of speculation, it's sounding less and less like Bryce Harper will be wearing Yankees pinstripes.Andy Martinoof recently wrote: "As the Yankees wrapped their pro scouting meetings last week and determined a preliminary offseason strategy, a pursuit of free-agent outfielderBryce Harperwas not part of the plan, according to major league sources."It makes sense given the current roster makeup.Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks should return in the starting right field and center field spots, respectively.Giancarlo Stanton is also back, and while he spent the bulk of his time at DH in his first season with the Yankees, he's a solid defensive outfielder and could see more time with the glove in 2019.The Yankees also hold a $12.5 million club option on Brett Gardner, and even if it's declined Authentic Calvin Ridley Jersey , the team could look to re-sign its longest-tenured player at a lower price point.Jacoby Ellsbury is also still on the books, and a healthy Clint Frazier is capable of making an impact.Down on the farm, touted outfield prospect Estevan Florialfinished the 2018 season at High-A and could be in the majors by 2020, so not blocking his path could also be on the team's mind.If they were dead set on adding Harper, they could find a way to make him fit.That said, it makes perfect sense that the Yankees would be prioritizing other things, especially with a clear need to bolster the starting rotation.So where will Harper wind up?Nick Cafardo of theBoston Globenamed the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants as his three most likely landing spots earlier this month. Yankees also just 'lukewarm' on Manny MachadoSean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesSo if the Yankees aren't planning on making a serious push for Harper, that has to up their odds of signing Manny Machado, right?Maybe not.In another article on the team's offseason plans, Martino wrote: "But we are here to tell you that the baseball operations and scouting departments Calvin Ridley Jersey Limited , which spent most of last week meeting to plot an offseason strategy, was not impressed by Machado's postseason antics, and are now "lukewarm" on pursuing the former Oriole and Dodger, according to major league sources."He added: "As the team watched this postseason, and weighed it against what they already feared about Machado鈥攖hat he didn't always run out ground balls, that opponents thought he was a dirty player鈥攖hey became even more wary of committing to him for the better part of a decade."From a roster standpoint, Machado is also by no means an obvious fit.Didi Gregorius and Miguel Andujar both played well on the left side of the infield for the Yankees this season.Granted, Gregorius is a free agent after the 2019 season and Andujar might eventually need to move off the hot corner if his defense doesn't improve, but both players appear to have earned the starting spots going forward.If the market doesn't unfold as expected, the Yankees could still jump at the chance to get involved, but for now , Machado doesn't appear to be a priority.Instead, expect the Yankees to be in hot pursuit of top starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, as well as guys like Dallas Keuchel, J.A. Happ and Charlie Morton as they look to fill out the starting rotation behind Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka.Standout reliever David Robertson is also a free agent, which could be reason enough to pursue a late-inning relief arm. All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, unless otherwise noted.

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