Yankees sign first-round pick Ty Hensley for reduced bonus due to shoulder “abnormality”

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With today’s 5:00 p.m. eastern time deadline to sign draft picks looming the Yankees have agreed to terms with their first-round pick, Oklahoma high school right-hander Ty Hensley.

Hensley was the 30th overall pick, which carries a slot value of $1.6 million. Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that he originally agreed to a deal for that exact slot amount almost immediately after last month’s draft, but an MRI exam “revealed an abnormality in his right shoulder.”

That agreement was canceled and five weeks later the two sides agreed to a new $1.2 million deal, meaning the MRI exam cost Hensley $400,000 (or saved the Yankees $400,000) even though he’s never complained of any pain or missed time with an injury.

Yankees to hire Josh Bard as their new bench coach

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Aaron Boone has no experience as a coach or a manager at any level. As such, some have speculated that he’d hire a more seasoned hand as his bench coach as he begins his first season as Yankees manager. Someone like, say, Eric Wedge, who was a candidate for the job Boone got and who once managed Boone in Cleveland.

Nope. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, he’s going with Josh Bard.

Bard, 39, was a teammate of Boone’s with the Indians in 2005. He’s not without coaching experience, having spent the last two seasons as the Dodgers’ bullpen coach, but he’s not that Gene Lamont/Don Zimmer-type we often see in the bench coach role.

Which is fine because different managers want different things from their bench coach. Some are strategy guys, helping with in-game decision making. Others are relationship guys who help managers understand all of the dynamics of the clubhouse while they’re worrying more about lineups and stuff. Others are trust guys, who can serve as the manager’s sounding board, among other things. Some are combinations of all of these things. As Feinsand notes in his story, Boone said at his introductory press conference that he’s looking for this:

“I want smart sitting next to me. I want confidence sitting next to me. I want a guy who can walk out into that room and as I talk about relationships I expect to have with my players, I expect that even to be more so with my coaching staff. Whether that is a guy with all kinds of experience or little experience. I am not concerned about that.”