Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Yankees have released pitcher Nathan Eovaldi as well as pitchers Joe Mantiply and Nick Rumbelow. Eovaldi had been designated for assignment on November 20.
Eovaldi, 26, made 21 starts and three relief appearances before his season was ended in August due to a partially torn UCL and a torn flexor tendon. The right-hander posted a 4.76 ERA with a 97/40 K/BB ratio in 124 2/3 innings.
Eovaldi is expected to miss the entirety of the 2017 season after undergoing surgery, but given his age and skills — his fastball velocity sat at 97.1 MPH on average — there will still be some teams willing to take a chance on him and wait out his rehab.
MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.
Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.
So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.