“Alex knows baseball as well as anybody,’’ Cashman told reporters.
Rodriguez has a much bigger profile than the candidates now in the running — with the possible exception of Carlos Beltran, who recently retired after two decades as a standout major leaguer and was the last of the six hopefuls to be interviewed.
The other five candidates are Chris Woodward, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ third-base coach; the broadcaster Aaron Boone, a Yankees hero in the 2003 postseason; Rob Thomson, the Yankees’ bench coach; Eric Wedge, the former manager of the Cleveland Indians and the Seattle Mariners; and Hensley Meulens, the hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants.
Of the six, only Wedge has previous experience as a manager.
Whether the Yankees make a final decision on a new manager by the time baseball’s winter meetings begin on Dec. 11 remains to be seen. The meetings are a traditional setting for trades and free-agent negotiations, but in an era in which analytics-driven front offices have become increasingly assertive, it is not clear whether Cashman feels it is necessary to have a new manager’s input during the meetings.