Hitting coach Marcus Thames interviewed for the Tigers’ managerial job, according to MLB.com.
On Wednesday, Brian Cashman and Aaron Boone both said they didn’t anticipate making any moves to the Yankees coaching staff, but Thames’ leaving would obviously change that.
Luke Voit was bothered by plantar fasciitis for much of the season and received PRP treatment — which the Yankees hope will take care of the issue, rather than another more extensive procedure.
And Gio Urshela, who dealt with bone spurs in his right elbow, does not need surgery, according to Cashman.
After Steinbrenner said it was “just a fact” that Boone would be back next season, the manager said he didn’t spend much time thinking about the team option he has for 2021, the final year on his deal with the Yankees.
“Honestly, I never worried about my status, year-by-year, moving forward,’’ Boone said. “I kind of feel like it will all take care of itself. I can’t wait to get back to work.”
Boone said DJ LeMahieu was at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. LeMahieu is one of several key free agents the Yankees risk losing. He is in line for a sizable raise after being one of the top hitters in the game in each of his two seasons in The Bronx — after signing a two-year, $24 million deal prior to the 2019 season.
Cashman said he hasn’t spoken with ownership about LeMahieu, or other potential free agents like Masahiro Tanaka or Zack Britton, who will either have a two-year team option kick in or hit the open market.
Giancarlo Stanton’s future is likely as a full-time DH.
“Given the injuries we experienced with him thus far, the safe bet is for him to focus at DH,’’ Cashman said. “Just this postseason, you could see what he’s capable of doing. Whenever he’s healthy, he seems to hit.”
Stanton is expected to decline the opt-out he has in his contract which would allow him to become a free agent since he has seven years and $218 million remaining on the deal he signed with the Marlins.
After the minor league season was canceled because of COVID-19, Cashman said some of the organization’s minor leaguers will play winter ball in Latin America, but the Yankees won’t have instructional leagues. Coaches will be deployed around the country to work with individual players, as well as working with them remotely.
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