Former Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran discussed the franchise's managerial opening with GM Brian Cashman, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, however he likely won't be a serious contender for the position, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo and Christian Red.
Beltran told Cashman, according to Sherman, "I'm committed to be back in the game in a role that I can be an impact. I believe the best use of my time and knowledge is in a managerial position."
While Cashman didn't rule out the possibility that Beltran could become the next Yankees manager, telling reporters on Monday, "I am aware of his interest in managing in the future. I'll leave it at that for right now," the Yankees are likely to move forward with interviews with bench coach Rob Thomson, former Mariners and Indians manager Eric Wedge, Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens and former Yankees third baseman Aaron Boone, according to the New York Daily News.
It is possible, according to the Daily News, that the Yankees could offer Beltran a coaching or scouting job in the future.
Beltran, 40, announced his retirement from his 20-year playing career on Monday, spending two and a half seasons with the Yankees from 2014 to 2016. He ended his career with 2,725 hits, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBIs, a .279 batting average and one World Series title, which he won with the Houston Astros in 2017. He was selected to nine All-Star Games and won three Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers.
"You're looking at a future Hall of Famer there," Cashman said.
The Yankees have already interviewed Thomson and Wedge, and plan to interview Meulens on Friday. Boone's interview has not yet been scheduled. John Flaherty reportedly has not yet heard back despite expressing interest in the Yankees' vacancy, while Cashman reportedly told Jim Leyritz he did not have enough coaching experience to be the next manager.
While the stars do not seem to be aligning for Beltran with this managerial role, he will be considered for one when the timing works for him and the opportunity fits.
In the meantime, it would be wise of Beltran to get involved with the Yankees or another team in some fashion to begin building a coaching resume. While the trend is going in the direction where actual experience is not required, it certainly does not hurt to get one's feet wet within a major league staff.
Beltran's familiarity with some of the players with the Yankees and the club's culture could help him land him a spot in what is presumably going to be a mostly revamped coaching staff.