The Yankees announced late on Friday afternoon that Larry Rothschild will succeed Dave Eiland as pitching coach. He signed a three-year deal.
Rothschild has been in Major League Baseball for 36 years as a player/coach/manager. He wasn’t exactly a hall-of-fame player, but he was the first manager in Devil Rays history (1998-2001), was the Cubs pitching coach from 2002-2010 and also served on the staff of the 1990 Reds and 1997 Marlins World Series champion teams. Interesting tid-bit: Larry Rothschild managed Dave Eiland while he was on the Rays.
Larry’s pitching staffs from 2002-2010 put up 11,604 strikeouts, the best in MLB over that span. It’s good to have you aboard Larry, now fix AJ Burnett.
Girardi on Rothschild:
Larry brings a wealth of invaluable experience to our team and to our pitching staff. He’s a championship pitching coach, and I’m excited to add Larry’s abilities to our staff. He is above all else an excellent teacher, who brings a professional attitude and a keen sense of preparation to his craft. I’m very much looking forward to working with him moving forward.
I grew up in Chicago but my dad is a life-long Yankee fan. This put a huge smile on his face.
The Yanks also made some other moves:
According to Jon Heyman, the Yanks offered/are about to offer Jeter a three-year deal worth $45 million. Captain will obviously reject the offer because that’s how these negotiations work. Mo has also broken his silence and said he’d like a two-year deal from the Yanks. He’s as old as dirt but he’s still Mo, give him what he wants.
In other news, the Yanks released Jonathan Albaladejo so he can sign a deal to play in Japan. Rumors are swirling that he has already signed with the Yomiuri Giants (extremely Fake G-Men). The righty was solid in Triple A this past season, recording 43 saves, 82 strikeouts and 18 walks in only 63 1/3 innings. Despite those stellar numbers he only registered 11 1/3 innings with the Yanks, so you can’t blame him for wanting out. I wish him luck and hopes he makes a return to the Majors soon.