Sunday, October 14, 2007
Last off season, the Yankees and Red Sox feuded over who could sign the best Japanese import with the winner definitely being the Red Sox. This off season, although it may be minor, it may be over Leo Mazzone. The Yankees pitching coach Ron Guidry's contract expires and with the best pitching coach in recent memory available, they could let Guidry walk. The Red Sox pitching coach, John Farrell, has done a very good job for them this year but is a candidate for a managerial position. Farrell has ties to Pirates GM Neal Huntington back in Cleveland, and industry sources believe the reason they are taking so long is because they are waiting on him, among others to become available. I think he would do wonders for the Pirates especially after working with Terry Francona. So, who would the Red Sox find to replace Farrell? Mazzone was just with the Orioles and knows more than other coaches around the league about each staff, so it does make sense. Could we be looking at the largest contract for a pitching coach in history? Maybe, maybe not. But I do think both will be looking to if they can.