Gil Patterson, who pitched for the Yankees in 1977 and coached in their system in 2005-06, will interview for the vacant pitching coach position.
Bullpen coach Mike Harkey and Triple-A pitching coach Scott Aldred are among the other candidates also being considered for the position.
The A’s granted permission for the Yankees to speak with Patterson, who has been Oakland’s roving pitching instructor since 2007. Patterson, a first-round pick of the Yankees in 1975 who pitched the only 10 games of his career for them in 1977, was informed of the Yankees’ interest on Monday.
“I certainly hope I get the opportunity to speak with them,” Patterson told the Daily News in a telephone interview on Monday. “It’s where I started my career. It would feel like I was going home. The Yankees have always felt like home for me.”
I don’t know a lot about Patterson as a coach, but it is always nice to bring a former Yankee back into the fold. I suspect whoever gets this job will have to have a pretty good idea of how to handle A.J. Burnett and a plan to help develop the young pitchers the Yankees have on the brink of the major leagues such as Andrew Brackman, Dellin Betances, and Manny Banuelos.