Stottlemyre could be seeking raise

Updated: November 6, 2004, 11:10 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

With the departure of Willie Randolph, the possibility of Mel Stottlemyre's leaving and the question of Don Mattingly's desire to stay, the composition of the Yankees' coaching staff could change radically.

And, that's just for starters. There's the pitching rotation to consider, the role of Jason Giambi, the need for a backup first baseman, to say nothing of the allure of signing Carlos Beltran.

But, first things first. Randolph's replacement as manager Joe Torre's bench coach could be Mattingly, currently the batting coach, the New York Daily News speculated Friday, citing sources.

Or, said the Daily News, it could be Joe Girardi or Chili Davis or Chuck Cottier, who's one of the Yankees' advance scouts.

The New York Times, on Saturday, said it's Girardi, saying he's told close associates that he's the guy, though general manager Brian Cashman refused to comment.

If it's Mattingly, or if Mattingly decides he doesn't want to return, the Yankees could go after Rudy Jaramillo of the Rangers, who contract is up at the end of the year, for batting coach.

Also, on Friday, the Times was saying Stottlemyre is gone, beating owner George Steinbrenner to the punch, while the Newark Star-Ledger and the New York Post were reporting that The Boss likes Stottlemyre's work and that Stottlemyre wants to return but is angling for more money. On Saturday, the Times was saying that Stottlemyre is considering changing his mind and coming back.

Also being discussed by Yankees braintrust is their makeup on the field, and one point of discussion is whether to bring back Tino Martinez, according to the Daily News, as insurance behind Giambi.

The Devil Rays have exclusive negotiating rights to Martinez until Thursday, but are unlikely to bring him back, according to the Daily News, because they want to move Aubrey Huff to first base.