Stamford, Conn. – Expect an announcement of the arrival of some new Yankees.
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to his coaching staff.
With Major League Baseball in lockdown, Brian Cashman faces serious limitations on what he can (and can say) do to improve the Yankees. There can be no communication regarding the 40-member roster of clubs.
Among other select activities, all that Yankees general manager can do is shake up the entire coaching staff after the team’s loss to the Red Sox in the American League wild-card game. It should be soon, Cashman said Friday, not long before wrapping up the landmark building here as part of this city’s “Downtown Heights and Lights” celebration.
“I think we are on track with our major league coaching staff. We are dotting the I and crossing the T,” Cashman said. “This is something that will be revealed here if at some point. But it is allowed.”
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With the Mets finding their manager, MLB will be happy to deliver some non-Worker news to its fans.
Up to this point, Cashman and the Yankees have done a good job of keeping the names of the guys they’re going to call their hitters (replacing the fired Marcus Thames and PJ Pilitre) as well as first-base coaches (replacing the late Reggie). ) are being considered for training. Willits). Last month, he introduced former Mets manager Luis Rojas as his third base coach.
In addition to the coaching quest, Cashman’s Baseball Operations Group is working on the minor-league phase of next week’s Rule 5 Draft (will be part of the major-league once players and owners sign a new collective bargaining agreement) as well. Coaches from the minor-league side in place of some.
Cashman apparently politely declined if any questions about the team’s slow start. While many teams viewed the CBA’s December 1 termination as an incentive to sign free agents, spending more than $1 billion in the week before the shutdown, the Yankees allowed all of their arbitration-eligible players to tender contracts. Apart from that, very little has been done, including polarization catcher Gary Sanchez. He re-signed reliever Jolie Rodriguez in mid-November and still faces holes and/or questions at shortstop, first base, centerfield and catcher as well as a desire to add a starting pitcher and strengthen his bullpen. keep.
“Due to the current circumstances, I can’t really comment on anything about the major-league roster,” Cashman said after a mandate established by Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB’s lawyers.