Via George King yesterday -
No Yankees coach except hitting instructor Kevin Long is signed for next year. And while the general feeling is that the rest of Joe Girardi’s staff is wanted back, none has been offered a contract for 2010.
“We are nowhere,” GM Brian Cashman said when asked where he was at concerning the 2010 staff. “We would love to have all of them back under the proper circumstances.”
Long signed a three-year deal for about $1.125 million before the 2008 season that expires after next year. The contracts of pitching coach Dave Eiland, third base coach Rob Thomson, bench coach Tony Pena, first base coach Mick Kelleher and bullpen coach Mike Harkey have expired.
Losing Tony Pena and Mick Kelleher would hurt – as they proved their value in the roles they had last season.
Mike Harkey is Joe Girardi’s buddy. So, I bet something gets worked out there, in time.
Dave Eiland? Well, that’s an interesting one…and it would not shock me if the Yankees did make a change there.