Yankees close to re-signing pitching coach Rothschild

From left, bench coach Tony Pena, manager Joe

From left, bench coach Tony Pena, manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild look on from the dugout in the first inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Sept. 24, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

DETROIT - During his end-of-season news conference, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said it was his desire to bring back much, if not all, of Joe Girardi's staff.

The club appears on the verge of re-signing at least one member, pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

A deal is not yet official, one source said, though the sides have been working toward a new contract to keep Rothschild, 59, in the Bronx.

Last week, the club signed Girardi to a new four-year contract, and all of his staff's contracts are set to expire at the end of the month.

"Nothing to report," Cashman said in a text message.

Under Rothschild, the Yankees ranked eighth in the AL in ERA (3.94) this season after ranking fifth (3.86) in 2012 and fourth (3.73) in 2011.

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