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Report: Aaron Boone and Hensley Meulens are the finalists for the Yankees job


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.

Blue Jays could move Jaime Garcia to bullpen

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.

Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.

Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.