Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters on Friday he is done interviewing candidates for the team's managerial vacancy and will base his recommendation from the current group of six interviewees.
New York interviewed newly-retired outfielder Carlos Beltran on Wednesday and interviewed five other candidates -- Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward, former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge and former player and current MLB analyst Aaron Boone -- before Thanksgiving.
Beltran, Meulens and Boone each reportedly had favorable interviews, according to ESPN's Andrew Marchand,
The Yankees are the only remaining MLB team without a current manager after they announced they would not retain Joe Girardi after the season.
Cashman said he reached out to former Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who served as an instructor in 2017 and also spent time as an analyst for FOX Sports, for guidance, but added that Rodriguez "never expressed interest in any way, shape or form," according to Newsday's Anthony Rieber.
Beltran, who spent two and a half seasons with the Yankees and retired after winning the 2017 World Series with the Astros, had previously said if he becomes Yankees manager, he would want to be a proactive manager who frequently interacts with his players
After spending seven seasons as San Francisco's hitting coach, Meulens was named Giants bench coach this past fall. He spent five of his seven seasons as a member of the Yankees and had previously managed Team Curacao in the World Baseball Classic.
Boone, who played for five teams (including the Yankees) in his 12-year playing career, has been an MLB analyst for ESPN since 2009.
Of the six candidates, it is easy to dismiss Wedge and Woodward from the discussion. Wedge never seemed like a good fit, and Woodward loses out simply because he lacks any connection to the Yankees.
I would eliminate Thomson next, only because I sense he may be too close to the "old regime" and may be better served as the bench coach to the person eventually selected. His experience with the club is clearly valuable.
In my view, the favorites are Beltran, Boone and Meulens. The way I see it, Beltran and Meulens have advantages over Boone. Beltran has a lengthier connection with the club and Meulens' coaching experience being the edges.
As for the selection, here is what I believe: The Yankees (Cashman) narrowed the original group of five to one individual, but in an effort to either seal that conviction or shift in an other direction, they brought in Beltran. While it was initially thought to be the first of another small group of preliminary interviews, that's been now removed as the direction. My guess, either Beltran's interview persuaded Cashman to stop the process because he was incredibly convincing, or he eased any concerns about Cashman's top choice from the original group.