Saturday Night Open Thread

After enjoying about 13 straight hours of postseason baseball yesterday, we’re stuck with only two games today. At least it was super nice out in New York today. Anyway, here is tonight’s postseason schedule:

  • Cubs at Cardinals (Hendricks vs. Garcia): 5:30pm ET on TBS
  • Mets at Dodgers (Syndergaard vs. Greinke): 9:00 ET on TBS

There’s a ton of college football on as well, plus the (hockey) Rangers, Devils, and Islanders are all in action. If you’re interested, I also wrote a post at CBS today looking ahead to qualifying offer candidates. Talk about that post, those games, or anything else right here.

Fisher: Qualifying offer set at $15.8M this offseason

(Mike Stobe/Getty)
(Mike Stobe/Getty)

According to Eric Fisher, the qualifying offer has been set at $15.8M for this offseason. That’s up from $15.3M last year. The qualifying offer is set at the average of the top 125 salaries in baseball each season. The deadline to make the qualifying offer is five days after the end of the World Series. Players then have a week to accept or reject.

As far as the Yankees as concerned, the qualifying offer amount doesn’t matter. They only have three Major League free agents this year and none are qualifying offer candidates: Chris Young, Stephen Drew, and Chris Capuano. That’s all. The Yankees won’t be picking up any extra draft picks this winter. They got an extra pick last year thanks to David Robertson.

Several big name free agents won’t be eligible for the qualifying offer this winter because they were traded at midseason. That list includes David Price, Johnny Cueto, Ben Zobrist, and Yoenis Cespedes. (Cespedes had a weird thing in his contract that made him ineligible for the qualifying offer anyway, but the trade made it officially official.) Here’s the list of free agents, in case you want to see who may and may not get a qualifying offer.

I don’t expect the Yankees to pursue any big name free agents this offseason, mostly because their free agent spending tends to be tied to the contracts they have coming off the books. They shed a lot of money following the 2008 season, leading to the big 2008-09 winter. Two years they shed a ton of money and went big during the 2013-14 free agent market.

Like I said, the Yankees are only losing Capuano, Drew, and Young to free agents this winter, which is about $12.5M in annual salary. That’s nothing, especially with a rather significant arbitration class. Next offseason, when Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran (and maybe CC Sabathia) come off the books, that’s when the Yankees figure to spend big again.

Friday Open Thread

Like yesterday, I’m going to post today’s open thread a little earlier than usual because the postseason games start nice and early. Here is today’s schedule:

  • Rangers at Blue Jays (Hamels vs. Stroman): 12:30pm ET on MLB Network and
  • Astros at Royals (Kazmir vs. Cueto): 3:30pm ET on FOX Sports 1 (no, apparently)
  • Cubs at Cardinals (Lester vs. Lackey, lol): 6:30pm ET on TBS and
  • Mets at Dodgers (deGrom vs. Kershaw): 9:30pm ET on TBS and

Joe Girardi held his annual end-of-season press conference this morning and I’ll post a recap shortly. There was no major news — coaches getting fired or surprise injuries, stuff like that — but he discussed the team as a whole and things they’ll look to change next year. The usual, basically.

Anyway, use this as your open thread to talk about the postseason games or anything else throughout the day.

Joe Girardi’s End-of-Season Press Conference: Ellsbury, Gardner, Rotation, Refsnyder, More

Earlier this morning at Yankee Stadium, Joe Girardi held his annual end-of-season State of the Yankees press conference. There was no major news announced — no coaches were fired, no players are having offseason surgery, nothing like that — which is a good thing, I suppose. Girardi instead reflected back on this season and looked ahead to next season.

The press conference was shown live on YES and you can watch the entire thing in the two videos above. Here are the highlights with some of my thoughts as well.

The Second Half Slump

  • On players getting worn down this year: “When I look at our club, we struggled down the stretch, to me more offensively than anything that we did. You can look at things a couple different ways. You could say ‘were they tired?’ I don’t know. Everyone during the season is going to get physically worn down … We do have a lot of players that are considered to be the prime age, we have some older players in Alex and Carlos.”
  • On possibly playing the veterans too much: “With the info in front of me and being prepared and having discussions with my coaches, we’re not so sure that it would have worked any better (had we done it differently). I did the best I could, is the bottom line.”
  • On having a different plan next year: “You always try to put a reason on certain things. Try to understand it, how you can learn from that, do you try to do something different next year? In these situations, it’s something I’ll think long and hard about this winter … For whatever reason some guys struggled in the second half, the last month, whatever it is.”
  • On Brian McCann‘s second half slump: “I’ll evaluate what I did with Brian McCann this year and see could you do it a little different next year to keep him physically strong.”

More than anything, Girardi seemed to indicate he believes his plan to rest players this season was correct given the information, but it didn’t work as hoped. He really seemed to emphasize reviewing what happened this year and coming up with a way to avoid the second half slump again, either through more rest or something else.

Girardi didn’t simply brush off the second half offensive slump as just “one of those things.” He acknowledged it as a real problem and made it clear he believes it can be corrected. He also said he needs to make sure the players buy into whatever plan they come up with going forward. How do they fix it next year? I have no idea. I came away with the impression that Girardi and Yankees will spent a lot of time this winter trying to come up with a way to keep their veterans productive all season in 2016.

Bullpen Struggles

  • On Dellin Betances in September: “I think he became a little human, that’s all. It’s not like he had a 4.00 ERA in those months. He still pitched pretty well … He had a human month. We’ve seen other great relievers have a human month.”
  • On overworking his key relievers: “As far as using them more than I would have liked, no. I paid attention to Dellin’s (workload) numbers in Triple-A, last year, and this year … Miller had a couple weeks off during the season. Wilson’s workload was not as much as Dellin’s.”
  • On Chasen Shreve‘s rough finish: “I think Shreve has a chance to be better because of the struggles he went through and (he) learned a lot about himself. For the first couple of months he was really good and a huge part of his bullpen. We have to figure out what happened, mechanically. There were probably some things that were a little bit off … I think it has a chance to really help him.”
  • On Adam Warren‘s value: “When Adam went back into our rotation it changed our bullpen dramatically. He made our bullpen deeper … He was as valuable as any pitcher we have because of the opportunities he gave us to win games.”
  • On the young relievers: “I think there’s a number of relievers who came up and got good experience … When you move (Warren) into the rotation, now you’re asking kids to do that. At times we were asking a lot of them. I think the experience they got was extremely valuable. It will help them in the future and give us more options. Did they struggle? Yes they did.”

I thought Betances in particular had a really heavy workload between the sheer volume of innings (84, most among all relievers) and high-leverage work (1.64 Leverage Index when entering games, tenth highest among relievers). He has a long history of struggling to throw strikes, and his late season control issues could easily have been him fighting his mechanics, but I can’t imagine the workload helped. Dellin is crazy valuable and it’s tempting to use him four or five outs at a time, but boy, relievers just don’t work like that anymore.

As for the rest of the bullpen, yes, figuring out what the hell happened with Shreve will be a major item this winter. Shreve was awesome for much of the season, he really stepped up when Andrew Miller got hurt, but his finish was abysmal. They need to get first half Shreve back. I also agree that the young relievers got good experience this season, but I don’t think they can continue shuttling them back and forth again next year. It’s time to give one or two an extended opportunity. You’re not going to learn anything about them when they’re throwing two or three innings between being called up and sent back down every other week.

Ellsbury & Gardner

  • On Jacoby Ellsbury‘s knee injury: “Ellsbury felt good. He physically felt pretty good the second half. He did run into the wall (during the final homestand) and I think it affected his shoulder a bit … Speed guys are going to get beat up as much as anyone.”
  • On Brett Gardner being banged up and slumping in the second half: “I’ll look at how I used him. Some of the months he was so good it was unbelievable (and it was hard to take him out of the lineup) … We tried to get him rest. We try to give these guys rest.”
  • On Gardner’s lack of stolen bases after the first few weeks: “Part of it is he wasn’t on nearly as much, and teams pay attention to him obviously a lot. That’s probably something that needs to be addressed because we need that out of him … He never complained about his legs, but when a guy doesn’t steal as much, maybe he doesn’t feel physically 100%.”
  • On sitting Ellsbury in the wildcard game: “You know what, there’s a lot of hard decisions I have to make during the course of the season. At times I sat Gardner for Chris Young and at times I sat Ellsbury …  I went all through kind of scenarios … It came down to a body of work over the season against left-handers. I did what I thought was the best at the time. Did it work out? No.”
  • On having to possibly mend the fence with Ellsbury: “As far as fence mending, I guess that’s to be determined … Only time will tell. I thought we had a great conversation that day. I thought he had a great attitude that day.”

I was actually kinda surprised Girardi acknowledged Gardner’s lack of stolen bases — he did go 20-for-25 in steal attempts this year, for what it’s worth — as a problem. I figured he’d just brush it off. I’m not a huge stolen base guy, especially early in the game (I’d rather not risk losing the base-runner with the middle of the order due up), but if they can Gardner to be more aggressive next year, great!

The “mending the fence” question with Ellsbury was interesting. That’s an Ellsbury problem as far as I’m concerned, not a Girardi problem. Sitting Ellsbury was the right move in my opinion. Is he really going to hold a grudge after the season he had? If Ellsbury is upset with anyone, he should be upset with himself for putting Girardi in a position where he had to pick between him and Gardner in a winner-take-all game.


  • On CC Sabathia‘s rotation status: “I thought when you look at his last seven or eight starts, once you look at his starts with his knee brace, things got better. He pitched much better. I think right now, you view him as a starter, you see how he physically bounces back again.”
  • On Masahiro Tanaka‘s elbow and giving him extra rest between starts: “I think that’s another discussion we have to have. We had some physical concerns going into the season and I think we were trying to be proactive in that situation, but I think he answered the bell pretty well … I think he answered (questions about his elbow). I think he showed that was not an issue during the course of the season.”
  • On any offseason surgeries: “As of right now, I don’t think so … As we look at guys, Jake’s knee healed up fine, we didn’t have any issues … there’s nothing scheduled right now.”

Girardi did not address Sabathia’s stint in rehab at all. The answer about whether he is considered part of the rotation next year was purely performance and health (knee) based, and he gave the answer I expected. There’s no reason to think they’ll remove Sabathia from the rotation at this point as long as he’s physically able to take the mound.

The Young Players

  • On who we could see next year: “We feel Aaron Judge is going to make a big impact. We feel Gary Sanchez is going to make a big impact. We feel good about the improvements he made (in 2015) … You’ve got a Brady Lail … To me, when there’s talent, there’s an opportunity they’re going to have an impact for you. When you have players who are extremely talented, they get there before you anticipate, and that’s what happened this year.”
  • On Rob Refsnyder not getting a bigger opportunity: “The one thing as a club you always want to have is depth … If we would have kept Refsnyder — there were still some question marks that had to be answered about him, about playing the position, there were shifts taking place, we wanted to make sure (he was) complete aware of — we probably would have had to release someone and we weren’t ready to do that.”
  • On giving young kids playing time: “You don’t want a young player playing once or twice a week when there’s still development that has to happen. You don’t want to slow that down … John Ryan Murphy did very well. I thought he thrived in that situation.”
  • On trying Refsnyder and Murphy at other positions: “I don’t really see a Refsnyder going back to the outfield. I think we will continue to try to develop him as a second baseman. We believe his bat is going to play … Could you toy around with a Murphy playing a different position? I think you could. I think he’s athletic enough. I’m not opposed to that. I’m not opposed to doing anything if it has value and I think it’ll help us.”

The Yankees had Murphy work out at first base late in the season and he takes ground balls at third base regularly before games — he also played a little bit of third in the minors — and that might be worth exploring in the future. I like (love!) him behind the plate, but a little versatility wouldn’t hurt.

As for Refsnyder, one thing is becoming clear: the Yankees weren’t happy with his defense when he was called up in July, but they felt he improved after going to Triple-A and was more ready in late-September. The outfield is a waste of time to me. Put Refsnyder in the outfield and he’s just another guy. He has to remain at second to have the most value. Do the Yankees feel Refsnyder’s defense is ready for full-time play? That remains to be seen.

Also, it was interesting Girardi mentioned Lail by name. Lail, Judge, and Sanchez were the only prospects to get mentioned by name. Lail had some success in Triple-A this year and figures to be a call-up option next season. That Girardi is mentioning him by name — he mentioned Refsnyder and Severino by name at last year’s end-of-season press conference, for what it’s worth — indicated Lail is in the plans next year.

Improving Next Year

  • On the rotation: “I think you’re going to see improvement from our starting pitchers. Michael Pineda is not a rookie but it’s almost like he had to start over in a sense because this was the first time in a long time he was expected to take the ball every fifth day. Ivan Nova was coming off a major surgery where command was the last thing to come back … From a health standpoint, I feel a lot better about them.”
  • On the Yankees needing an ace: “Looking at Tanaka, I think he’s a top of line rotation pitcher. Is he a one or a two, I don’t know. I think Sevy has a chance to be a top of the rotation guy … We have five starters that give you a chance to win. That’s the most important thing.”
  • On young players taking a step forward: “I think a lot of those questions we had going into Spring Training have been answered. I think we saw improvement out of players over the course of the season, (like) Didi … We’ll have Severino for a full year, Michael has proved he can stay healthy … We have more pitchers we expect back and no more questions … I think there’s more depth in the organization.”
  • On Refsnyder at second base: “He played well. It’s a small sample. I thought he improved during Triple-A during the course of the season. You at him, you look at what’s available (at second base) and you make a decision … That’s something that will have to address this spring.”
  • On possible trades: “I think anything’s always possible. I do. But I’ve always said about trades, trades only work if both teams can agree. I’m sure that will be looked at.”

Not surprisingly, Girardi mostly deferred questions about offseason moves to the front office. That’s not really his place, though after eight years as manager, I assume he has input. It does seem like the Yankees will bank on their young players taking a step forward next year — not just their young players, but others like Nova bouncing back as he gets further away from surgery — and that’s not surprising. The Yankees stuck with their young players this year and it worked, for the most part. Why would they change it up?


  • On standing pat at the trade deadline: “I think when you look at the contributions (the kids) made, I think we made the right move. I know a David Price did extremely well in his 10-12 starts over there … But when I look at Severino’s body of work, I think we’re all pretty pleased. When I look at Bird’s body of work, I think we’re pretty pleased and glad we kept him.”
  • On A-Rod returning to the infield: “I imagine that he’s probably mostly going to be a DH going forward. That’s something that we’ll probably address over the winter … It’s probable he’s mostly a DH.”
  • On continuing to use a sixth starter next year: “Inserting a sixth starter every once in a while is not a bad, but it becomes something of an up and down shuttle … I think that’s something we really have to address too.”
  • On the coaching staff: “We haven’t even talked about that yet. I haven’t even been in the office until today … I haven’t even thought about that.
  • On his wish list for 2016: “It’s pretty plain and simple: win the World Series. Whatever it takes, that’s what my wish list is.”

Between his comments about Tanaka earlier and saying the spot sixth starter is “something we really have to address,” it seems like Girardi wants to get away from being so protective of the starters and turn them loose, at least more than they did this year. If nothing else, they definitely need more innings from the rotation next year. They can’t go through another season asking the bullpen for 10-12 outs a night.

Mailbag: Kinsler, Yamada, Angels, Pineda, Wildcard, Drew

Got ten questions in the mailbag this week. Remember to email us your questions at RABmailbag (at) gmail (dot) com. That’s the best way to send us anything, really.

Kinsler. (Jason Miller/Getty)
Kinsler. (Jason Miller/Getty)

Travis asks: Would Ian Kinsler make sense as a viable trade target or has Rob Refsnyder done enough with his September call up to be given a true shot at the 2B job in 2016?

Kinsler would make some sense, sure. He’s still a very good player — .296/.342/.428 (111 wRC+) with eleven homers, ten steals, and his usually strong defense in 2015 — despite being in the second base danger zone at age 33. His contract is reasonable too, with only two years and $25M remaining (plus a $10M option for 2018). That’s not going to break the bank.

I’m not sure if the Tigers will trade Kinsler — my guess is they’re going to try to contend next year, while Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander are still effective — but he would make sense as a target. The Yankees might prefer to stick with Refsnyder rather than give up prospects for Kinsler at this point though. They went all in on youth this year and it worked! Many of their young players contributed and helped them get to the postseason. I think they’ll continue to go with young players next year, which means Refsnyder over a Kinsler trade.

Justin asks: I actually thought of this before the CC Sabathia stuff happened, more in regards to Slade Heathcott, or past players like Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden, but have the Yankees ever handled the clinching celebrations differently due to players with substance abuse issues?

Yes. Back in 1999 they celebrated with non-alcoholic champagne because of Strawberry. I’m not sure if they’ve done it at any other time, but they definitely did it for Strawberry that year. The Sabathia stuff came out a few days after the Yankees celebrated clinching a postseason spot, but you’re right about Slade, he’s had alcoholism problems in the past too. It doesn’t seem as though they used non-alcoholic champagne last week, but I doubt they overlooked Heathcott entirely. I’m not sure what happened.

Patrick asks: Do you think, with all the caution teams have with pitchers, that teams push for a Japanese type of schedule? (Meaning Monday would be a day off for all teams) That way 6 starters can be assigned a day and they’d only have to adjust for weather.

I think it’s possible but I also don’t think it’ll happen anytime soon. The MLBPA has been pushing to shorten the schedule to 154 games, and thus far the owners have resisted, because fewer home games means less money. (Also, it’s not that simple. Television contracts include a minimum number of broadcast dates, stuff like that, and it would all have to be adjusted.) Scaling the schedule back to 154 games would be enough to allow for a true NPB schedule with an off-day every Monday, but again, I just can’t see it happening anytime soon. There are too many logistical and financial hurdles to clear.

Yamada. (Atsushi Tomura/Getty)
Yamada. (Atsushi Tomura/Getty)

Adam asks: Tell me everything you love about Tetsuto Yamada and why he should be the Yankee 2B in the next few years.

I didn’t even know Yamada existed until this question was asked! The internet tells me Yamada is a 23-year-old right-handed hitting second baseman for the Yakult Swallows in Japan, and it also tells me the guy mashes a lot of taters. Here are his numbers, via Baseball Reference:

2012 19 Yakult 26 49 44 5 11 2 0 1 1 0 0 5 11 .250 .327 .364 .690
2013 20 Yakult 94 396 350 50 99 13 2 3 26 9 2 39 37 .283 .354 .357 .711
2014 21 Yakult 143 685 596 106 193 39 1 29 89 15 5 74 95 .324 .403 .539 .941
2015 22 Yakult 143 646 557 119 183 39 2 38 100 34 4 81 111 .329 .416 .610 1.027
All Levels (4 Seasons) 406 1776 1547 280 486 93 5 71 216 58 11 199 254 .314 .395 .518 .913

Boy, Yamada had himself some season in 2015. Wayne Graczyk says Yamada essentially Wally Pipp’d another player (Hiroyasi Tanaka) back in 2013. Because he’s only played two and a half years, Yamada is still seven years from international free agency. He’d have to be posted to come over to MLB before that, and who knows if the Swallows are open to that. Heck, who knows if Yamada even wants to come over to MLB.

The stats look great, but I have no if Yamada would be able to make the jump over to the big leagues. Japanese infielders have had a very high bust rate in MLB — almost all of the success stories are outfielders or pitchers, and the theory is the MLB game is simply too quick for infielders and they can’t make the adjustment — but that doesn’t mean ignore them forever. Yamada has some nice numbers and that alone makes him worth a longer look.

Paul asks: The Yankees will essentially put the same team on the field next year, what level of performance do you expect?

It’s no secret the Yankees rely on their veteran players to play big roles. Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira … they’re not just in the lineup, they’re in the middle of the lineup. Sabathia took a regular rotation turn as well. Because they rely so much on their old players, and old players tend to fall off a cliff, I would expect the Yankees to perform worse next season if they kept essentially the same roster. I think the potential drop-off from the veteran dudes is greater than the young players could make up with improved performance. If the Yankees had a young core with veterans as supplemental pieces, I’d expect them to improve. But they’re the opposite, they have a veteran core with young guys as the supporting case.

Joe asks: With Billy Eppler now with the Angels, what’s the potential of a Yankees-Angels trade? Who do you see Eppler going after?

I feel like a Yankees-Angels trade is inevitable now. New GMs always seem to make a trade or two with their former team. Andrew Friedman picked up Joel Peralta from the Rays last year. How many ex-Red Sox players did Theo Epstein pick up after going to the Cubs? Lots. It’s just one of those things. I could see Eppler trying to poach one or two of the Triple-A relievers to beef up the bullpen, and maybe one of the lefty hitting outfielders too. The Angels don’t have much to offer in return — aside from Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun, there is no one on their roster I’d take over their Yankees counterpart — and their farm system is one of the worst in the game. If the Yankees and Angels do make a trade, I think it’ll be a minor trade designed to improve the bottom half of the 40-man roster.

Dan asks: Do you look at this season as a success for Michael Pineda? The results varied, but him throwing 160 IP is huge considering where he was the past few years.

Yes and no. Yes it’s good he finally stayed healthy long enough to throw a substantial amount of innings — he still landed on the DL with an arm problem, thankfully a minor one — but he also wasn’t very good, pitching to a 4.37 ERA (91 ERA+) and 3.34 FIP. Yeah, his strikeout (23.4%) and walk (3.1%!) rates were excellent, but he was too hit (.332 BABIP) and homer (1.18 HR/9) prone, especially late in the season. Considering the major shoulder surgery and his long layoff, I think you have to say this season was a success overall. Hopefully Pineda builds on it next year.

(Stacy Revere/Getty)
(Stacy Revere/Getty)

Aaron asks: What players in the farm system not named Aaron Judge should be ready for an extended look in the majors in 2016?

This was a lot tougher to answer than I thought it would be. Luis Severino and Greg Bird (and Refsnyder, kinda) are in the big leagues now, so they’re out. Judge figures to be up at some point next year, likely in the second half. After him it’s … Gary Sanchez and Brady Lail? Eric Jagielo is a possibility but I think a full year of at-bats in the minors would serve him well after he battled injuries the last two summers. Rookie Davis could be a second half call-up candidate. And then there’s James Kaprielian, who could zoom up the ladder and help in August or September. If anything, I think we’ll see guys who were up this year briefly — Heathcott, Mason Williams, the relievers, etc. — get longer looks next year. I’m not sure how many new faces we’ll see in 2016.

Shane asks: What do you think of the one game playoff for the wild card? I would much rather see a 3 game series. Instead of only 1 game. I know that might be too many days off for the division winners waiting for the result but why not do a double header to start the wildcard then play the 3rd game if necessary at the second wild card team? What are your thoughts?

I don’t like the one-game playoff — never did, it’s not just because the Yankees lost — because baseball is a marathon and it’s being reduced to a sprint. It’s one thing to play an entire series and have to go to Game Seven. Being thrust into that situation kinda sucks. MLB says making a three-game series would be tough given the schedule, but, not for nothing, the LDS round didn’t begin until four days after the end of the regular season this year anyway. In a perfect world they would balance the schedule and send the teams with the four best records in the league to the playoffs. That’s my ideal postseason.

Vincent asks: Which player would be more useful to have under contract next season as the backup shortstop/infielder? Stephen Drew or Brendan Ryan?

Drew because he’s the better player. Backup infielders are usually very bad though — Jose Vizcaino played 18 years in the league despite a 76 wRC+, for example — so Ryan is par for the course. He’ll pick up his $1M player option, the Yankees will use him as their backup infielder, and that will be that. I’d rather have Drew, but my guess is he’ll look for a larger role elsewhere. The Yankees can roll with Refsnyder and Dustin Ackley at second next year, and I’d rather do that than go with Drew again.

Thursday Open Thread

Normally the nightly open thread doesn’t go up until 7pm ET, but I’m going to post it a little earlier today because Game One of the ALDS starts at 3:30pm ET. Now that the Yankees’ season is over, I want to decompress and take it easy the rest of the week. We’ll start our annual Season Review series next week and begin to focus on possible offseason moves, that sorta stuff.

Anyway, use this as the open thread this afternoon and this evening. Like I said, Game One of the ALDS begins at 3:30pm ET. That’ll be the Rangers at Blue Jays (Gallardo vs. Price). The Astros and Royals (McHugh vs. Ventura) play Game One of their ALDS at 7:30pm ET. Both games will be on FOX Sports 1. Enjoy.

Manager Dave Miley will not return to Triple-A Scranton in 2016

(Times Leader)
(Times Leader)

Longtime manager Dave Miley will not return to Triple-A Scranton next season, according to multiple reports. “Dave was great for the Yankees and did a lot of great stuff,” said Brian Cashman to George King. “Obviously, Gary (Denbo) is running (the farm system now) and is trying to put people in places. With new people changes occur with new regimes.”

Miley, 53, has managed New York’s top minor league club since 2006, when they were still affiliated with the Columbus Clippers. He remained with the organization when the Yankees left Columbus for Scranton in 2007. Miley played in the minors from 1980-87 without reaching MLB. He coached in the Reds’ farm system from 1988-2002 before serving as their big league manager from 2003-05.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise has been around since 1989 and Miley is the all-time leader in wins (714). He led them to their only International League championship in 2008 as well as five division titles (2007-10, 2015). Miley was in charge when Triple-A Scranton spent the entire 2012 season on the road due to extensive renovations at PNC Field, and he’s managed every one of the Yankees’ recent top prospects, including Phil Hughes, Brett Gardner, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Jesus Montero, and Luis Severino. It’s a long list.

It’s unclear who will replace Miley and it’s too early for that anyway. Minor league coaching staffs usually aren’t announced until December or January. Denbo replaced Mark Newman last year and rearranged the coaching staffs extensively. Some coaches were moved around — longtime Double-A Trenton manager Tony Franklin was moved to the new Rookie Pulaski affiliate, for example — and some were replaced with outside hires. Miley was one of the very few who remained in place.