Trey Hillman, a former Yankees executive who recently took a job as the bench coach for the Houston Astros, offered an interesting Yankee tidbit in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, and it had to do with the Yankees new-found situation at shortstop.
“I did three different trips scouting potential free agent shortstops to replace a guy named Jeter,” Hillman told the paper.
Derek Jeter‘s replacement obviously isn’t in the system. The Yankees could ask Brendan Ryan to do so, but he can’t hit. The Yankees could re-sign Stephen Drew, but I doubt they will since they weren’t impressed with the in-house look they had of him. Looking at the free agent market along with Drew, the top picks would include Hanley Ramirez, Clint Barmes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jed Lowrie. J.J. Hardy originally was one of the choices, but he signed a three-year, $40 Million extension with the Baltimore Orioles just prior to the ALCS.
Hillman was a special adviser to the Yankees and also managed the minor league system. He added he made trips to evaluate the minor league system and he even made trips internationally to Japan and South Korea to evaluate the talent there.
Hillman was offered the position of running the entire farm system by Brian Cashman, but Hillman declined, stating he wanted to have an on-field role in the big leagues next season. The Yankees instead gave the job to Gary Denbo and Hillman packed his bags, heading to Houston to be their new bench coach.
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