A pair of hot stove stories from late Friday on the hitting coach and bullpen situations. - First the hitting coach. There were reports earlier in the week about Raul Ibanez being one of the 3 finalists for the Tampa Bay managerial job. According to George King, if Ibanez doesn't get that job, he has no interest in becoming the Yankees' hitting coach. Sounds like it's manager or bust for Raul and I can't really blame him for that. We'll have to wait until next week to see who this mystery interview candidate is.
- Now the bullpen. Via Sweeny Murti, the Yankee front office has discussed right-hander Jason Grilli as a hypothetical replacement for D-Rob should they fail to re-sign him. Grilli, 38, was really good as the Pirates closer in 2013, less so last year before he was traded to Anaheim. He bounced back post-trade and could be worth the minimal cost it will take to sign him.