1. The Diamondbacks have reportedly hired Mike Harkey to be their new pitching coach. Harkey had been the Yankees bullpen coach, and he’s a close friend of Joe Girardi, but obviously a pitching coach job is tough to pass up. Congratulations to Mike. As for replacing him in the bullpen, Triple-A pitching coach Scott Aldred jumps to mind if only because of his experience and the fact he’s well liked and respected in the organization.
2. According to George King, the Yankees have a new strength and conditioning coach, hiring a guy named Matthew Krause to replace Dana Cavalea. Krause had been in the same role with the Reds. From the outside, it’s pretty hard to evaluate a strength and conditioning coach, but you can read quite a bit about Krause’s approach in a series of articles online. Cavalea was let go this offseason after seven seasons as the Yankees strength and conditioning coach.