A Week in Review: Coaching Staff, Gardner, Miller, Opening Day and Whitley


Last week, the Yankees were all about action, trading away two of their players in order to gain outfield and minor league depth. This week, the Yankees had to make a decision on who to add to the 40-man roster as protection from the Rule 5 Draft. The start time for Opening Day was announced, the Yankees have some new yet familiar faces on their coaching staff and there were more rumors surrounding Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller. Here is your week in review.

— The Yankees announced their 2016 coaching staff, and there are some new yet familiar faces joining Joe Girardi as the team attempts to chase for their 28th World Series Championship:

Joe Girardi

Bench Coach
Rob Thomson

Hitting Coach
Alan Cockrell

Assistant Hitting Coach
Marcus Thames

Pitching Coach
Larry Rothschild

First Base Coach
Tony Pena

Third Base Coach
Joe Espada

Bullpen Coach
Mike Harkey

Mike Harkey rejoins the Yankees after a two-year stint with the Diamondbacks as their pitching coach. Tony Pena resumes his coaching position at first base and is also the new catching instructor. Marcus Thames and Alan Cockrell are the new hitting coaches for the Yankees and Joe Espada will resume his third base coaching position.

— Andrew Miller’s name has surfaced a lot on the trade market, and his name popped up against this week when the Detroit Tigers asked about acquiring Miller. The Yankees set a high asking price which forced the Tigers to look elsewhere.

— Another popular name that has been on the trade market is outfielder Brett Gardner. The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs have had preliminary talks with the Yankees involving the All-Star outfielder, but the Yankees shot down a rumor which would have sent Gardner to the Cubs for infielder Starlin Castro. If the Yankees were to trade Gardner, and there’s no certainty that the Yankees will, it would be for starting pitching. Not an infielder.

— Friday was the deadline for teams to set their 40-man rosters to protect minor league players from the Rule 5 Draft, and the Yankees opted to add RHP Johnny Barbato, RHP Rookie Davis and OF Ben Gamel to the 40-man.

— One name that won’t be with the Yankees next season is RHP Chase Whitley. Whitley was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, after he sat out majority of the 2015 season due to Tommy John Surgery. Whitley’s departure opened a 40-man roster spot which was promptly given to Barbato, Davis and Gamel.

— Major League Baseball announced the start time for Opening Day will be at 1:05 p.m. The Yankees are scheduled to take on the Houston Astros in a AL Wild-Card rematch game.

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3 Responses to A Week in Review: Coaching Staff, Gardner, Miller, Opening Day and Whitley

  1. Jerry says:

    It seemed like a deal was going to happen quickly with all the talk, but it is so early. And he will have to be overwhelmed to trade someone like Miller, maybe not so much for Gardner as we do have more options for the outfield. I guess we have no choice but to be patient and hope for the best. It's the only thing that helps to get through the long winter, trades or free agent signings. Let's go Cashman!!

  2. Terry says:

    I like Jerry's optimism and he's right,it is still early.I am slightly less patient and hate to see others identifying their problems and acting on them early.I wouldn't necessarily have to be overwhelmed to move Millet or Gardy but I would have to get the pieces I want and be realistic to make it happen.We have a lot of places to improve and we can make it happen but the first domino has to fall to line things up for the rest of the winter.My favorite domino is the Indians young starters,it would be a mistake to let this one get away.Those arms(Salazar & Carrasco) don't come easy or cheap but it could clear up the path we take this off season.All negotiations are not easy but this ones worth the effort and the price.i say get this trade done and then go to bullpen or RH bat

  3. fgmavi says:

    Love the restraint the Yankees are displaying with their trades/acquisitions this yr. Only wish this would have been in place before they signed Elsbury to a ridiculous contract two years ago. Gardner trade to acquire a SP is the best option…Carrasco, Salazar or even Trevor Bauer would be great? Then give Refsnyder a shot at earning 2B…as he will be 25 when season starts, bats right hander, and will make league minimum salary. All 3 items the Yankees will benefit greatly from…

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