Boone would be a free agent at the end of the year
Yankees manager Aaron Boone faces an uncertain future as he will be a free agent at the end of this year’s World Series. But if the decision ends up in the hands of the club’s main owner, Hal Steinbrenner, Boone could return to the Bronx next season, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Industry sources told Olney that Steinbrenner is “inclined” to retain Boone, who has been the Yankees manager since 2018.
“He likes (Boone), and I don’t think he blames him for what happened,” a source said of Steinbrenner.
However, if Boone reaches the free market, Olney noted that the Yankees may have to fight other teams for his services. He mentioned that the Padres could consider Boone for his vacancy at the manager position. Olney added that some within the Yankees franchise “have privately complained about Boone, with the common denominator being that he should be more outspoken in evaluating to the press the actions of the team when the Yankees play poorly, and that his Elections when it comes to bringing in relievers often don’t work ”.
Boone is 328-201 – for a .601 winning percentage – during the regular season.
They fell into the division series in 2018 and 2020, and saw their 2021 season end last week in wild-card play.
If the Yankees decide to find a new manager, officials from other teams believe they would consider Puerto Rican Joe Espada, according to Olney. Espada was with the Yankees from 2014 to 2017, first as a special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman and then as an infield coach. Espada was signed by the Astros in 2018. — MLB