HOUSTON — With last Thursday’s announcement that Joe Girardi will not return as manager, the Yankees took out much of the drama that would have come on Halloween.
But Tuesday still has plenty of significance for the future of the franchise.
Not only is Girardi’s contract set to expire on Tuesday, but so are the contracts of all of his coaches. (General manager Brian Cashman’s contract also will expire then, but the announcement of a new deal for him is a formality at this point.)
Though staff members such as bench coach Rob Thomson and third-base coach Joe Espada could land interviews for the manager’s job, they and every other member of the coaching staff already have received permission to interview elsewhere.
Espada, for example, has interviewed for the bench coach job with the Astros, which will be vacated at the end of the World Series by Alex Cora, recently named the Red Sox manager. Espada, a friend of Cora’s, also has interviewed in Boston for the job of third-base coach.
It is not yet known what is in store for veteran pitching coach Larry Rothschild, who will have no trouble finding work should the Yankees want to go in another direction.
As for the search for the next Yankees manager, it has gotten off to a quiet start, at least publicly, which seems to be by design. The list of candidates has been mostly speculation to this point as Cashman and managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner have kept things extremely close to the vest.
Said one opposing executive, “It really has been radio silence so far.”
The Yankees have made progress in trying to fill the position of vice president of player development, which opened when Gary Denbo took a job with the Marlins and Derek Jeter. Among those interviewed are internal candidates John Kremer (director of performance science), Eric Schmitt (director of minor-league operations) and Kevin Reese (director of professional scouting), all of whom are highly regarded in the organization.