Yankees Manager Rumors: Brad Ausmus Gaining Momentum, Two Candidates No Longer Options & More

The New York Yankees have been looking for a new manager since they mutually agreed to part ways with Joe Girardi following their exit in the ALCS, and the rumor mill has been churning ever since. Here are all the latest rumors you need to know about the Yankees managerial search:

Brad Ausmus gaining momentum
Ausmus has been linked to New York over the last few weeks, but he's now emerging as a serious candidate, according to a scout who talked to NJ.com.

"They can't hire a young guy with no experience," the long-time Major League scout told NJ Advance Media. "They have to get somebody who has been around that type of club, especially where they are right now. They've also got to hire somebody with some thick skin. It's New York.

"He could be a real good one for them. He's a smart guy plus he's a no-nonsense guy. He'll rip you when you need to be ripped, but he'll also pat you on the butt when you're doing good. He's got his players' backs."

Ausmus went 314–332 in his four seasons as manager of the Tigers but only made the playoffs in his first season with the franchise.

Pete Mackanin also an option
There has been some recent momentum for Mackanin created by those close to the organization. The 66-year-old was fired by the Phillies after the season and is moving to a front office role with the franchise, but his lack of success (227-291) has more to do with Philly's lack of talent than his managerial abilities. There is also a major link between him and the franchise. Mackanin was a former special assignment scout and would have replaced Girardi following the 2013 season if Girardi decided to take the Cubs job, which he almost did.

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Naehring, Espada no longer options
Two other possible candidates for the job have taken themselves out of consideration. Yankees VP of baseball operations Tim Naehring told ESPN this week that he wants to stay in the front office and won't be considered for the manager post, while third-base coach Joe Espada is leaving to coach third base for the Houston Astros.

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