Last week, a report from veteran New York sports radio reporter Sweeney Murti linked Yankees outgoing bench coach Rob Thomson to the Phillies for their open bench coach position.  Thomson was a candidate for the open Yankees managerial position.  A separate report out of New York also has the Yankees completed interviews.  Thomson does not appear to be among the final contenders.  Thomson may not be without a job in 2018, though.


Gabe Kapler.

Thomson joined the Yankees coaching staff in 2008 after several years working in the organization in a variety of roles.  Thomson first served as bench coach, became third base coach from 2009 through 2015, before returning to the bench.  Thomson is said to be close to outgoing manager Joe Girardi, who departed the Yankees under circumstances mostly reported to be a personality conflict.

Should Thomson not be chosen for manager, he would be unlikely to return to the Yankees so that the new manager could pick his own bench coach.