Beltran would be the sixth candidate to replace Joe Girardi. The current list of five possibilities includes Aaron Boone, Giants bench coach and former Yankee prospect Hensley Meulens, current Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge, and Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward.
Beltran ended his playing career with a World Series victory with the Astros, and has no previous coaching experience. The 40-year-old has a wealth of postseason experience as a player, and played in the 2015 Wild Card game as a member of the Yankees during his tenure in pinstripes.
The former Yankee outfielder was a valuable veteran presence for youngsters like Aaron Judge, who worked extensively with Beltran in 2016, with Beltran requesting that his locker be next to Judge’s.
Hal Steinbrenner has said the list for potential managers would be “less than 10,” and will eventually be cut down to 2-3 finalists before making a final decision. With other open managerial spots already filled, the Yankees appear to be in no rush to make a decision.