Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Yankees Choose Boone as Manager

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Yankees Choose Boone as Manager

Article excerpt

A person familiar with the decision says the New York Yankees have picked ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone to succeed Joe Girardi as manager.

The decision was first reported by former New York Daily News columnist Bill Madden.

Now 44, Boone has never been a manager or even a coach at any level since retiring as a player after the 2009 season. His 11th-inning home run off Boston's Tim Wakefield won Game 7 of the AL Championship Series for the Yankees against Boston.

Boone's grandfather, Ray, was a two-time All-Star infielder from 1948-60. His father, Bob, was a four-time All-Star catcher from 1972-90, then managed Kansas City from 1995-97 and Cincinnati from 2001-03.

Aaron Boone was a big league third baseman from 1997-2009 and an All-Star in 2003, when New York acquired him from the Reds at the trade deadline.

Adams among free agents * Atlanta first baseman Matt Adams, former Chicago Cubs closer Hector Rondon and Detroit Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon were among 26 players who became free agents Friday night when their teams failed to offer them 2018 contracts. The Cardinals traded Adams to the Braves last May.

Most of the players set free would have been eligible for salary arbitration had they been offered deals by the deadline.

Others cut loose included Houston pitcher Mike Fiers, Toronto second baseman Ryan Goins and Chicago White Sox pitchers Al Alburquerque, Jake Petricka and Zach Putnam.

Cubs pick up reliever * Lefthander Dario Alvarez and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year contract.

The 28-year-old Dominican was 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA in 20 relief appearances with the Texas Rangers last season.

White Sox get Castillo, pitcher * The Chicago White Sox have agreed to contracts with free-agent catcher Welington Castillo and righthander Danny Farquhar.

Castillo received a $15 million, two-year deal that includes a club option. …

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