Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

New York's Rookie Baseball Managers Face Separate Tasks

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

New York's Rookie Baseball Managers Face Separate Tasks

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ORLANDO, Fla. – As an unexpected welcome gift, new Yankees manager Aaron Boone received the reigning National League MVP.

And while the Yankees have taken center stage at an otherwise languid Winter Meetings, new Mets manager Mickey Callaway patiently waits as his club wades through options at second base, the bullpen, first base and the outfield.

But the expectations are hardly a match for what's been happening on the Bronx side of Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resort.

"These things, when you take a step back, are surprising but certainly they're exciting," Boone said Tuesday of the Yankees' trade for Giancarlo Stanton, with the promise of more to come.

"I know we're still working hard up in that room to try and tinker here and there," Boone said, "to try and improve this team so we have a chance to play with the big boys this year."

On Tuesday, the Yankees traded third baseman Chase Headley and right-hander Bryan Mitchell to San Diego for outfielder Jabari Blash, shedding Headley's $13 million contract and providing more payroll flexibility to fill pitching or infield needs.

Already, the Yankees' deal with Miami for Stanton has elevated them as World Series favorites in Las Vegas by Bovada, despite holes at second and third base and a desire to add at least one key starter.

There's a lot more required to reform the Mets into a contender, though the ever-positive Callaway was pitching coach on a 2016 Cleveland Indians club that made it to World Series Game 7 without breaking any payroll records.

"(It's) knowing that you didn't have all the money in the world to spend, that you had to do everything else better than everybody else," Callaway said. "Use every possible resource you can, and do things that make sense. That's what we do."

But while Callaway is a match for Boone's optimism about 2018, New York's two rookie managers have been on separate tracks since being hired. …

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