The Yankees met again in Tampa yesterday. No decisions were reached.
The consensus among my peers in the sportswriting biz is that no decision will come down today, either. It seems pretty obvious that there are talks going on behind the scenes with Joe Torre and it may take a few days.
At this point, it would be a surprise if Torre wasn’t the manager next season. The Yankees are not talking with Don Mattingly or Joe Girardi. There are no other serious candidates.
One thing seems fairly certain: Ron Guidry is done as pitching coach. The Gator’s old-school approach is not what the Yankees are looking for. Dave Eiland’s work with their young pitchers has probably earned him a job in the majors.
Meanwhile, the A-Rod situation is certainly interesting now that the Yankees have made their stand. One of my friends is convinced the Red Sox are enamored with him and would make a huge offer.
I’m not so sure. You would think the failures of J.D. Drew and Daisuke Matsuzaka have convinced the management there about the danger of long-term, high-money deals.
Red Sox fans dislike Jeter. They hate Rodriguez. Trust me, I’ve stood on the field during batting practice there and heard people scream things at A-Rod that would make the toughest guy in a biker bar blush. John Henry and Larry Lucchino know that.