TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner plans to keep Aaron Boone as his manager.
“For Boone, we just signed him, and for the same reasons I listed a year ago, I think he’s a very good manager,” Steinbrenner said as he left the Yankees Player Development Complex. I don’t see any changes here.
Last October, Boone agreed to a three-year contract with a team option for 2025. In his fifth season as manager, New York posted a 61–23 record in early July, prompting comparisons with the 1998 champion Yankees. But due to injuries, the Yankees went 38-40 to the end of the road.
Cleveland expanded the division streak to five games before New York fell to Houston in four games in the AL Championship Series.
“We didn’t get the job done … it’s time to get it done,” Steinbrenner said. “Every time we don’t win a championship, it’s a disappointing year. We had a lot of good moments, we had a few falls, we had a few injuries, just like everyone else.”
“But you have to give it to the Astros,” Steinbrenner added. “This is a very good team from top to bottom. We just didn’t bring our “A” game.
New York changed managers 21 times in 36 seasons, with George Steinbrener in charge from 1973 to 2008. There has been one change in 14 seasons under Hal Steinnbrenner: Boone replaced Joe Girardi after the 2017 season.
The Yankees have not appeared in the World Series since winning their 27th championship in 2009.
Steinbrenner declined to discuss the outfielder’s free rein. Aaron Judge.
Hours before Opening Day, Judge opted out of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million between 2023 and 2029, choosing instead to remain a free agent after the World Series.
He set an American League record with 62 homers, led the major leagues with 131 RBIs, and finished second in the AL with a .311 batting average. But he hit just .139 with three RBIs and 15 strikeouts in the postseason, hitting 1-for-16 (.063) with no RBIs against the Astros.
Steinbrenner spent Monday at Yankee Stadium with general manager Brian Cashman to discuss the upcoming offseason.
“We haven’t talked about anything yet,” Steinbrenner said. “Cash and I had a few pre-conversions.”
Cashman, general manager since 1998, is ending a five-year contract.
In addition to the referee, the pitcher Jameson TylonBenintendi and public utilities Matt Carpenter as well as Marvin Gonzalez have free rein with pitchers Chad Green, Miguel Castro, Zach Britton as well as Aroldis Chapman.
Adam Wainwright would play for the St. Louis Cardinals the following season, opting to return for his 18th and final year with the club, even as longtime teammates. Albert Pujols as well as Yadier Molina go into retirement.
Wainwright, 41, informed the NL Central champions of his decision to return shortly after they were eliminated by the Philadelphia Phillies in a wildcard playoff round. Wainwright did not feature in either game, in part because he had pitching problems late in the season.
“I tend to think that the way the season ended pushed me even more to come back,” Wainwright said on Wednesday, “because I just didn’t like it. I don’t like going out like this. I didn’t perform the way I knew I should have performed. I didn’t help the team the way I knew I should help the team. We didn’t win. I love my teammates.”
“But looking back now, it seems like everything that happened made me come back for another year,” he said.
When asked if this would be the case for the last year, he replied: “Yes.” But then Wainwright made it clear he wasn’t interested in answering retirement questions every week, instead pleading with people to “just let me come out and introduce myself.”
Wainwright finished 11–12 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts, his first losing season in which he made at least 20 starts. However, he only won twice in his last six starts and had a 7.22 ERA while dealing with what he called a “dead hand”.
Wainwright earned $17.5 million last season on a one-year deal. The terms of his contract for 2023 were not disclosed.
“We all know how competitive he is, we know how special he is at this club and what he means to this organization,” said Cardinals president John Moseliac, “so we’re just glad we could make it.”
Wainwright will need five wins next season to hit 200 in his career. The right-hander is 15 points behind Jesse Haynes for the second most wins in franchise history; Bob Gibson is the leader with 251 of them.
Last season, Wainwright and Molina set a major league record for career starts as a battery, ending up with 328 starts together. But since Molina is retiring, Andrew Knizner is in line to be an everyday catcher, although Mozelak did indicate on Wednesday that the club would be on the market for help behind the plate.
“We’re very excited to have him coming back and we realized he was interested in pitching again,” Mozelyak said. “He and I started talking about it in early September, and obviously September didn’t go the way he wanted, but we really feel like there’s something left in that tank.”
In other news, Mozelyak said he was open to offering new contracts to pitching coach Mike Maddux and hitting coach Jeff Albert, but both decided to leave. Maddux, 61, has been with the Cardinals since 2018, and Albert spent time with the Astros before becoming the Cardinals hitting coach ahead of the 2019 season.
The Cardinals have already lost bench coach Skip Shoemaker this week to the Marlins as their manager. And bullpen coach Brian Eversgerd was reassigned as a special assistant in the organization, manager of the Cardinals Oliver Marmol he will have four replacement spots on his team ahead of his second season.
Turner Ward, who was an assistant hitting coach, could be a promotion candidate. Pitching strategist Dusty Blake will also return and could be among the candidates to replace Maddux as pitching coach.
“Obviously we have a lot of vacancies,” Mozelyak said. “We will look inside and we will look outside. We know that we have qualified people in our organization, but we also want to make sure that they take into account all our needs.”
Mozelyak also acknowledged that he spent time this week with All-Star third baseman Nolen Arenado, who must decide within five days of the end of the World Series whether to forego the remaining five years and $144 million on his deal.
Arenado, a nine-time Golden Glove winner, is finishing a season in which he hit .293 with 30 homers, 103 RBIs and a career low strikeout rate, placing him in the MVP race along with a teammate. Paul Goldschmidt. And while pulling out last year could have been a risky move, Arenado’s year raises the question of whether he can make more money on the open market.
Mozelyak said there is “optimism” around Arenado and the Cardinals, but nothing to announce yet.