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Brian Cashman unsurprised Eric Chavez left Yankees for Mets

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The Yankees hired Eric Chavez, knowing full well that he would never have spring training with them.

While CEO Brian Keshman announced at a Zoom press conference on Wednesday that Rachel Balkovec had been hired as their Low-A Tampa Tarpons manager, Chavez said he had decided to leave the Yankees, who had hired him as an assistant coach. The Mets ’best coach didn’t surprise the team, and Keshman didn’t disappoint Chavez losing to the Yankees’ long-distance rival.

“When we hired Eric, Eric and I talked about the opportunities we could move forward,” Cashman said. “Selfishly, we hoped they wouldn’t show up in the near future, but jobs were open in Auckland, as well as the Mets, who are just now safe. … He has connections to these organizations.

Chavez has spent most of his career with A and is well acquainted with their longtime baseball operations manager Billy Bean, as well as his teammate in Auckland, new manager Mark Cotsey. And he has been in touch with the Mets ’new CEO, Billy Eppler, since he was with the Yankees and Angels.

Eric Chaves and Brian Cashman

“We’ve discussed these options, and there’s also a Baseball Premier League guide,” Keshman said. “[When there are] opportunities to have a high position, they want you to provide high mobility for diversity initiatives. Chavez’s father was born in Mexico. Therefore, when the Eppler Mets called, Keshman honored both his promise to Chavez and Rob Manfred’s mandate.

Keshman said the Yankees were “compiling a list of candidates” to replace Chavez and had not started a conversation. Keshman added that the new man doesn’t have to be a former major league player like Chaves.


As for shortstop Anthony Volpe, who was successful in Class A in 2021, “There’s always the next challenge and the next level and for him I hope to move to the next stage Double-A and achieve such success,” the Yankees said. Vice President Kevin Reese said. “Just keep going that way, work with our strikers, our defenders and hopefully make an impact in the big leagues soon.”


Riz himself was promoted. He was previously the club’s senior director of player development. Keshman said: “I think Kevin is great at his job. “He is really smart, talented and thoughtful.”

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