The New York Yankees are considering Chris Woodward for their vacant managerial position, sources confirm to FanRag Sports. Woodward joins a group of candidates which reportedly include Aaron Boone, Rob Thomson, Hensley Meulens, and Eric Wedge. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com was the first to report the news.
The 41-year-old Woodward has previous managerial experience, having managed for New Zealand during the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualification stage. For the past two seasons, he has served as the third base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He also boasts a 12-year MLB playing career, the majority of which was spent with the Toronto Blue Jays. He last appeared with the team for an 11-game stint in 2011, before retiring at the conclusion of the 2012 year.
Following his retirement, he joined the Seattle Mariners as a minor league infield coordinator. He was moved up the ranks to infield coach in 2014, before departing for Los Angeles.
New York is looking for a replacement for manager Joe Girardi, who finished in fourth place in American League Manager of the Year voting this past year. The team has had Girardi at the helm since the 2008 season. He led New York back to the postseason in 2017, putting them a game away from the World Series before a loss to the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the ALCS.
The Yankees have had just two managers since the 1996 season, with both Joe Torre and Girardi having brought World Series Championships to the Bronx.