Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees have narrowed down their managerial search to two finalists: Aaron Boone and Hensley Meulens.
Madden says that Boone, Meulens and Carlos Beltran made the strongest impressions during the interview process, but that Beltran is not expected to get the job. He is likely, however, to get some job with the Yankees, yet to be determined.
Boone has no coaching experience at any level but Madden writes that he would be a popular choice due to his “knowledge of the game… his communication skills and his overall likeability.” Which, OK, why not. Meulens has no managerial experience outside of the World Baseball Classic, but he has coached for the Giants for years and was a Yankees player back in the 1990s.
Madden expects the Yankees to announce their new skipper early next week.
Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.
Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.