According to Mark Feisand of the New York Daily News, the New York Yankees and pitching coach Larry Rothschild are close to announcing a new deal that will bring the former Chicago Cubs pitching coach back to the Big Apple after three seasons with manager Joe Girardi.
A source said Rothschild’s contract had not yet been finalized, but that the two sides had agreed to terms. Rothschild joined the Yankees in November 2010, signing a three-year deal to take over for Dave Eiland, who was dismissed following a tumultuous season during which Eiland took a four-week personal leave of absence.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had indicated he intended to bring back Girardi’s entire coaching staff next season after New York resigned their skipper to a new four-year deal that made him the second-highest paid manager in all of Major League Baseball.
Last season under Rothschild’s guidance, the Yankees’ pitching staff ranked eighth in the American League with a 3.94 ERA, but ranked fifth (3.84) and fourth (3.73) during his first two seasons in New York.
The Yankees’ rotation will likely look vastly different in 2014, as the only guarantees are ace C.C. Sabathia (14-13, 4.78 ERA) and Ivan Nova (9-6, 3.10 ERA). Left-hander Andy Pettitte retired at the conclusion of the 2013 campaign and both Hiroki Kuroda and Phil Hughes are free agents.