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Yankees close to extension with pitching coach Larry Rothschild

Oct 10, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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After announcing a four-year extension for manager Joe Girardi yesterday, the Yankees are now turning their attention to other members of his staff.

According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Yankees are close to an extension with pitching coach Larry Rothschild. Hired after the 2010 season, Rothschild’s contract is set to expire at the end of the month, along with the rest of Girardi’s staff.

Under Rothschild, the Yankees finished eighth in the American League this season with a 3.94 ERA. While CC Sabathia wasn’t his usual ace-like self and Phil Hughes turned in another disappointing season, pitching was only part of the problem along with multiple injuries and a lack of offense. Still, they’ll have holes to fill this winter with Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera retiring and Hiroki Kuroda and Hughes headed into free agency.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I think the doom watchers are pressing more then what is needed. They will have Phelps and Nova back. Hopefully Pinieda can come healthy and help the rotation. CC needs to figure something out other then that we just need a 5th starter and you can find many in the bargain bin.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      They need far more than a 5th starter, especially if Kuroda declines the QO. No one’s team keeps their starting 5 healthy throughout the year, so you need a quality 6 and 7 as well, which the Yanks don’t have.

      They should go hard after Tanaka, and stop letting the Kei Igawa disaster keep them from IFA signings.

  2. j0esixpack - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    As a Red Sox fan I could facetiously celebrate them bringing everyone back, but I’m not inclined to think their woes this season were due to poor coaching.

    A wise move by management. Maybe some day the Yankees can reattain their status as rivals to the Red Sox!
    ;)

    • djpostl - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      As if the Red Sox are rivals. Who has won the WS more recently? Who has won more division titles recently?

      The difference between the Yankees is an “off year” is still one where they are eliminated the final week.

      When the Red Sux tank they are out of it before Labor Day. Ya know. Like last year.

      • j0esixpack - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        Does anyone else notice that Yankees fans seem a little bit thin skinned, frustrated and touchy these days?

        I wonder why?

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