ORLANDO, Fla. Carlos Beltran wants to manage and has talked to Brian Cashman to express that desire. Is that enough to get him into the running to replace Joe Girardi?
Probably not. In a text, Beltran said Tuesday that he had yet to be asked to come in for an interview and since the Yankees are nearing the end of the first phase of interviews, that would strongly indicate Beltran is not in play to be the next manager.
Cashman and I had a brief conversation, Beltran wrote The Post. I explained Im committed to be back in the game in a role that I can be an impact. I believe the best use of my time and knowledge is in a managerial position. I have a lot to offer but Im enjoying my time with the family. Im not in a rush!
In a follow-up, Beltran said that did not mean he wanted to wait a while until trying to manage.
However, the Yankees already have interviewed Rob Thomson and Eric Wedge for the managing job, and Hensley Meulens and Aaron Boone are scheduled to be interviewed later this week. It is believed the Yankees will not interview more than five or six candidates for the position.
Beltran announced his retirement Monday, and quickly there was conjecture on him becoming a manager for many reasons, including his knowledge, empathy and how comfortably and willingly he served as a leader for players throughout his career.