Report: Yanks Could Have New Hitting Coach By Tuesday

George King continues to dominate the new hitting coach coverage.  He had an update on the search on Friday afternoon in which he talked to Dave Magadan and got word from Magadan that a decision could be made on Tuesday.

“I interviewed Wednesday in New York with the Yankees. They told me they were going to interview a couple of other candidates. I don’t know if that was going to happen Thursday or Friday. They said they would make a decision shortly thereafter.’’

The belief is that the Yanks want their new hitting coach in place before the start of the World Series.  We already know they were interested in a few other candidates, although it has not been confirmed if any of them were part of the late-week interview schedule.  According to King’s report, Chili Davis was interviewed on Thursday.

Seems like Magadan is the front runner based on these reports.  We’ll find out if that’s enough to get him the job soon.…

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Report: New Names Added To The Hitting Coach Pool

We know the Yankees interviewed Dave Magadan for their open hitting coach job on Wednesday and we know they were supposed to meet with Chili David sometime this week.  Thanks to this report by Jon Heyman, we now know 3 more names that are on the Yankees’ radar.  According to Heyman, the Yanks have “some interest” in Dante Bichette, Marcus Thames, and James Rowson.  None have been officially linked to them yet and none have any kind of meeting or interview scheduled.

Bichette’s name has been on the rumor mill since the minute Kevin Long was let go.  He is a very good friend of Joe Girardi, his son plays in the Yankee farm system, and he was the Colorado Rockies hitting coach in 2013.  Thames is an interesting name because he’s already coaching in the Yankee system.  He was the hitting coach at High-A Tampa in 2013 and got moved up to Double-A Trenton this past season.  …

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Yanks Reportedly Start The Interview Process For A New Hitting Coach

Didn’t take long for the new hitting coach hiring process to start.  Per a George King report yesterday afternoon, the Yankees were set to interview Texas Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan for their vacant hitting coach job.  The interview was scheduled for yesterday afternoon.

“Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Magadan were slated to meet Wednesday in New York to discuss the job that opened when former hitting coach Kevin Long was fired Friday with a year to go on his contract.

On Tuesday, Magadan said he had been contacted by the Yankees and that ‘it was in the preliminary stages.’’’

The report also named the Mets as another team to have contacted Magadan.  He is currently under contract with the Rangers, but due to ex-manager Ron Washington‘s recent departure, the team is allowing all its coaches to interview elsewhere.  In addition to Magadan, King’s report named Oakland hitting coach Chili Davis as the other scheduled interview for the Yankees this week.  …

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Refsnyder Ranks 13th In Baseball America’s Top 20 International League Prospects List

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Courtesy of Andrew Krech/NY Daily News

Fresh off the heels of his 13th place ranking in yesterday’s Double-A Eastern League list, Rob Refsnyder became a 2-time member of Baseball America’s league-by-league top 20 rankings today when he was named to the list for the Triple-A International League.  Coincidentally, he came in at number 13 on this list as well, joining Aaron Judge as the only Yankee prospects to appear on multiple lists.

Refsnyder hit .300/.389/.456 with 28 XBH and 47 R scored in 77 games for the SWB RailRiders (333 PA).  That, paired with his results from Double-A, gave Refsnyder a .318/.387/.497 slash line for the full season.  That’s very impressive when you remember that he didn’t hit for that kind of average or nearly that kind of power in 117 games at the High-A level last year.  He may be a work in progress defensively at second base, but Refsnyder has proven beyond a doubt that he can handle the stick at any level of the Minors and that’s why he’ll be knocking on the Major League door come next spring.…

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Sanchez And Refsnyder Named To Baseball America’s Top 20 Eastern League Prospects List

Baseball America’s year-end run through the top 20 prospects in every minor league is almost over.  Today it was the Double-A Eastern League’s top 20 and the Yankees had 2 of their big names show up on the list.  Catcher Gary Sanchez came in at number 11 and second baseman Rob Refsnyder was lucky 13.

Sanchez hit .270/.338/.406 in 477 plate appearances over a full season at the Double-A level.  He continued to show great promise with the bat and improvements in his defensive game, but not at a level as high was what his original ceiling made him out to be.  Refsnyder was arguably the best position player in the Yankee system this year, and in his short stint in Trenton he hit .342/.385/.548.  Sanchez is no longer the top Yankee prospect on my board, but he and Refsnyder are both top 5 easily.  Refsnyder should be in competition for the starting second base job next spring and Sanchez could be in serious consideration for a roster spot in 2016.…

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Report: A-Rod Could See Time At First Base Next Season

I know I’ve been beating the point about the Yankees needing a backup plan for Teix at first base into the ground, but this isn’t exactly what I had in mind.

Via Andrew Marchand, the Yanks may look to Alex Rodriguez as one of those backup plans.  Brian Cashman confirmed to Marchand that Joe has already talked to A-Rod about learning to play the position in preparation for his return from this year’s suspension.  According to Cash, this move is primarily driven by the team’s belief that A-Rod won’t be able to stay healthy playing third base.

“I don’t think it’s safe to assume that he can play third base.  With his age and missing a full year, you have to have some perspective. This is a very difficult game. Alex is up for that challenge, but I think it’s safer to assume that might not be something that he can handle the whole year.”

With A-Rod, Teix, Carlos Beltran, and Brian McCann, the Yankees have 4 guys who are going to need semi-regular time at DH next year.  …

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ALSO BREAKING: Yanks Let Hitting Coach Kevin Long Go (UPDATED)

If you didn’t see this one coming, you’re Stevie Wonder.  The Yanks didn’t hit, again, and they aren’t going to be able to trade away all their crummy hitters and their big contracts.  Somebody had to take the fall for this and Long was the easiest target.  Hard to say he didn’t at least partially deserve it.

** UPDATE 2:02 PM- Also via Feinsand, Mick Kelleher is getting the boot too.  Start the countdown to the Rob Thomson announcement. **

** UPDATE 2:12 PM- Couldn’t resist.  Hey, Kevin… **

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BREAKING: Yanks And Cashman Agree To A 3-Year Extension

This tweet came through a few minutes ago and the story is being picked up by a couple other beat writers, so it’s legit.  We heard the Yankees and Cash were working on a new deal recently and it appears that work is now done.  Cash has been extended for 3 more years as the GM and Sr. VP.

More on this as the details come out.  For now I’ll let everybody make their own judgments on the decision.  Cash has been around for so long that you either love him as a GM or hate him.  There’s no middle ground.

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Qualifying Offer Price Bumped Up To $15.3 Million

Almost missed this one.  Via a report by the AP on Tuesday, the price for qualifying offers this offseason has risen to $15.3 million.  This is an 8.5% increase for the $14.1 million value for last year’s qualifying offers.

The Yankees have a pair of intriguing QO candidates in David Robertson and Hiroki Kuroda.  Robertson is eligible for free agency for the first time this offsfeason and is coming off a year that saw him replace Mariano Rivera with 39 saves, a 3.08 ERA, and a buttload of strikeouts.  15.3 mil is a high price to pay for a reliever, but D-Rob will probably command a big offer on the open market with multiple big budget teams in serious need of relief help.  The Yankees absolutely have to make him the offer to ensure they don’t lose him for nothing.  Kuroda makes sense simply because he’ll get a 1-year deal on somewhere between $15-16 mil if he decides to stay in MLB for another year and that will most likely come from the Yankees.  …

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