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Boone meets with ‘frustrated’ front office amid Yanks’ struggles

Boone meets with ‘frustrated’ front office amid Yanks’ struggles

NEW YORK — Aaron Boone said he met recently with managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman, and the Yankees manager described the front office’s mindset as being “frustrated” by the club’s performance this season.  

“We understand we’re in a tough spot and it’s not going well,” Boone said on Sunday. “We’re in the business of trying to fix it and trying to [determine] what are the best moves moving forward for us to try and get us on track.”

The Yankees lost their seventh consecutive game on Saturday, falling to the Red Sox, 8-1. At 60-63, the organization’s 30-season streak of winning records is in jeopardy. New York entered play on Sunday eight games back in the AL Wild Card chase, with four teams to jump.

According to Fangraphs, the Yankees’ odds of qualifying for the postseason stand at just 1.0%; they were 81.9% on June 5, the day after Aaron Judge injured his right big toe making a catch at Dodger Stadium. After Saturday’s game, Isiah Kiner-Falefa described the team as “just flat right now.”

“We’re definitely not giving up,” Boone said. “When you’re wearing it and you’re scuffling, it can beat you down a little bit. That’s what you’ve got to guard against, especially this time of year when you’re in the dog days. That’s part of it. That’s part of being a big leaguer.”

In June, Steinbrenner said that he intended “to be asking some tough questions” if the Yankees did not qualify for the playoffs. 

Boone said that he meets “fairly regularly” with Steinbrenner, and speaks daily with Cashman.

“[We discuss] everything that we’re seeing,” Boone said. “It could be individual players that we’re talking through. Guys from down below that are pushing to get involved, considerations in those kinds of things. Just everything about our team.”

Boone said that he believes there could be promotions from the Minors coming before Sept. 1. Outfielder Everson Pereira, the club’s No. 3 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, hit two homers Saturday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The 22-year-old is batting .302/.370/.552 with 18 homers and 64 RBIs in 80 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Somerset this season. Infielder Oswald Peraza and catcher Austin Wells are also among the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prospects vying for call-ups.

“We’ll probably talk about it some more today,” Boone said. “I think anything’s on the table right now.”



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