SNY: The Yankees kicked off their offseason with a surprising move on Monday, firing pitching coach Larry Rothschild after nine seasons with the team. The Yankees never won a championship with Rothschild at the helm, but he undoubtedly had some success with the team in his early tenure. As time went on, and the Yankees kept on getting burned by acquisitions (Sonny Gray, Nathan Eovaldi, J.A. Happ), so a change became necessary.
NJ.com | Randy Miller: Now that Rothschild is gone, the Yankees will need to find a new right-hand man for Aaron Boone. While it’s all just speculation at this point, there are some interesting external candidates on this list, a host of internal options, and at least one “bombshell candidate.”
NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: Every time a beloved coach defects to another team in any sport, he inevitably takes some of “his guys” with him. Now that longtime Yankees manager Joe Girardi is in Philadelphia leading the Phillies, expect him to try and woo some Yankees his way. Girardi needs a pitching coach (Rothschild?) and may look to sign Yankees free agents Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner or Dellin Betances, or others in a potential trade.