Tuesday, October 21, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Gary Denbo will assume many, though not all, of the responsibilities that had been held by Mark Newman, sources confirmed Monday, as the Yankees’ organizational overhaul continues. Newman, the club’s senior vice president of baseball operations, announced in September he is retiring after 26 years with the team, the last 15 in his current role.
Denbo, 53, formerly a hitting coach for the club who in recent years has been in player development and scouting, will oversee the farm system, which has received a good deal of criticism in recent years for not producing enough major league-caliber players, particularly position players.
I was thinking, the Yankees really should put a hitting coach in charge of their minor league system.
To be fair, Denbo has been working in a capacity more suited to directing the farm system over the least few seasons, and may end up being a good hire. I’m willing to wait and see.
As if I had a choice.
Monday, October 20, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With the Red Sox hiring Chili Davis as their hitting coach Sunday, it could mean Dave Magadan will be Kevin Long’s replacement as the Yankees’ hitting coach.
Magadan interviewed with Yankees brass Wednesday and Davis followed on Thursday. They were considered strong candidates for the job.
Chili Davis is a trader.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Yankees have interviewed or will talk to Magadan, 52, and ex-Yankee Chili Davis for the job that became open last week when Kevin Long was fired with a year left on his contract. Other candidates are likely to emerge as well.
If the Yankees are expecting better results just by changing hitting coaches, they are being foolish. But hey, it should trick enough people into thinking they’re being pro-active.
I don’t think hitting coaches really can have that much impact on players that are already established major leaguers, but Magadan and Davis had strong MLB careers and have received praise for their coaching so I think both are good candidates. Plus I always feel indebted to Davis for ruining what would have been a Pedro Martinez 17 strikeout no-walk no-hitter with a solo homer back in 1999.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The Yankees’ farm system improved in 2014. While it’s still not great, there are a handful of players in the minors who could make a difference.
Let’s take a look at 11 who could make a direct impact on the Yankees in 2015, be a big part of their future, or be traded to fill holes.
The list starts with Luis Severino and runs through most of the names that any one who follows the minors at least loosely should be cognizant of. I am excited about a few of the players on this list, particularly Aaron Judge and Rob Refsnyder. Judge is still probably a couple of years away, but we should see Refsnyder in the majors in some capacity at some point in 2015.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the Yankees reorganize their baseball operations staff this offseason, a familiar name in New York is getting strong consideration for a high-ranking position with the team.
Several club sources said there has been serious dialogue about hiring former Mets general manager Omar Minaya, now a senior vice president of baseball operations with the Padres.
Minaya, who served as Mets GM from 2005-10, is close with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. It was not immediately clear in what capacity he would serve.
Minaya’s track record as a general manager isn’t particularly great, but he’s got a reputation as a pretty good scout. So I think in the right role he can help the Yankees.
Monday, October 13, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Equipped with a new three-year contract, general manager Brian Cashman will chair a week-long meeting of scouts and other members of the organization this week at Yankee Stadium as the club attempts to make sure 2015 isn’t the third straight year without a playoff appearance.
Starting Monday, the Yankees will begin to pore over scouting reports on possible free agents and players they have targeted as potential trades.
With plenty of holes to fill and other positions that need reinforcing, there is a lot of work to do.
I’d be surprised if the 2015 Yankees are any better than the 2014 Yankees, but I am mildy interested in seeing how the Yankees approach this offseason.
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