BOSTON - The top-to-bottom evaluation managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner promised in the wake of the Yankees missing the postseason for the second time in 19 years has claimed another victim.
Strength and conditioning coach Dana Cavalea, a Long Island native who graduated from Mount Sinai High School, was recently informed by the team he would not be brought back in 2014. Cavalea, who was in that position since 2007 and with the organization nine years overall, called the news "disappointing."
Although he hoped to be brought back in 2014, Cavalea said he harbored no bitterness. "I know it's a business," Cavalea said by phone late Tuesday afternoon. "Sometimes things happen."
Cavalea, 31, said he wasn't given a specific reason for his contract's non-renewal, just that he was told the team "wanted to go in a different direction."
The Yankees were beset by injuries all season, though it would be difficult to blame Mark Teixeira's wrist, Curtis Granderson's forearm or Derek Jeter's ankle and calf -- to name a few of them -- on Cavalea, or anyone else.
GM Brian Cashman, involved in this week's organizational meetings at the Stadium that conclude Wednesday, declined to comment. More changes could be forthcoming, perhaps in player personnel, an area in which Hal and his older brother, Hank, have expressed disappointment.
Shortly after the season ended, advance scout/head video coordinator Charlie Wonsowicz, a 21-year employee of the team, found himself without a job when his position was eliminated.
Cavalea said he couldn't answer the question of if he felt he had been made a scapegoat.
"I know I can put my head down on my pillow at night," Cavalea said.