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Report: Yankees to hire Aaron Boone as manager

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ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Yankees have hired Aaron Boone as the club’s new manager. The Yankees have not yet made an official announcement. Boone and Giants bench coach Hensley Meuelens were believed to be the finalists for the job as Friday evening approached.

Boone, 44, had been a broadcaster for ESPN on Sunday Night Baseball since 2010. He played in the majors over parts of 12 seasons from 1997-2009 with the Reds, Indians, Nationals, Yankees, Astros, and Marlins.

Boone replaces Joe Girardi, who managed the Yankees from 2008-17. The Yankees were surprisingly competitive this past season, going 91-71 and winning the AL Wild Card game. They ultimately lost the ALCS to the Astros in seven games. Needless to say, it was shocking when the Yankees decided to let Girardi go. He reportedly had not been able to connect with the younger players.

Boone doesn’t have any coaching experience at any level. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact he will have on a relatively young team now facing expectations of winning.

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.