NEW YORK (AP) -Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is likely to make a recommendation this week, perhaps as soon as Monday, on his pick to succeed Joe Torre as New York's manager.
Bench coach Don Mattingly, broadcaster Joe Girardi and first-base Tony Pena interviewed for the job last week. Once Cashman makes his recommendation, the final decision will be made by owner George Steinbrenner in consultation with sons Hank and Hal, son-in-law Felix Lopez, team president Randy Levine and chief operating officer Lonn Trost.
Hank Steinbrenner, increasingly emerging as the most vocal of the Steinbrenners in public, said last week that the choice of Cashman and the baseball operations staff would carry a lot of weight.
``I don't see any reason not to go with their decision,'' Hank Steinbrenner said. ``It's been an in-depth process. You've got to respect the opinion of your experts.''
In addition, the Yankees are trying to set up a meeting with Alex Rodriguez, who can opt out of his record $252 million, 10-year contract up until the 10th day following the World Series. The Yankees are preparing to offer A-Rod a contract extension that probably will run for four or five years and have an average yearly salary of $25 million to $30 million.
Rodriguez is owed $72 million by the Yankees during the final three seasons of his current contract. New York receives a $21.3 million subsidy from the Texas Rangers, who originally signed Rodriguez to the deal and agreed to the payments when they traded A-Rod to New York in 2004. The Yankees would lose that subsidy if Rodriguez terminates the contract and say they would drop out of negotiations if he opts out.
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