Yankees End Talks With Mazzone
Oct. 19, 2005
NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Yankees ended talks with Atlanta Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone on Wednesday after their three-day window to negotiate with him expired.
``Both sides agreed to end their discussions without resolution,'' Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said.
It was unclear if Mazzone was in talks with the Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore executive vice president Mike Flanagan declined comment.
New York also may consider Yankees bullpen coach Neil Allen, Yankees scout Joe Kerrigan and Columbus pitching coach Gil Patterson to replace Mel Stottlemyre, who quit after 10 seasons. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner also might attempt to get former New York star pitcher Ron Guidry to become pitching coach.
Yankees bench coach Joe Girardi was hired Wednesday as manager of the Florida Marlins, and New York could fill the coaching opening by rehiring Lee Mazzilli, who was on manager Joe Torre's staff before he became manager of the Orioles in 2004. Mazzilli was fired by Baltimore in August.
Steinbrenner met Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., with several of his top advisers, including Mark Newman and Billy Connors, at the team's spring training complex.
The Yankees also are attempting to re-sign general manager Brian Cashman, whose contract expires at the end of the month.