By George A. King III
Yankees VP of Player Development Gary Denbo is leaving the organization to work with Derek Jeter and the Marlins, according to a person close to the situation.
Denbo, who managed Jeter in the low minors and was the Yankees’ hitting coach in 2001, will be the Marlins’ Director of Player Development and Scouting.
Denbo’s last day of working for the Yankees is Monday. He was in his 23rd season with the organization and for the last three seasons was the VP of Player Development.
Even before Bruce Sherman and Jeter purchased the Marlins, Denbo’s name was linked to joining the club because of his long history with Jeter.
Denbo has received praise inside and outside of the Yankees’ organization for his work as the head of player development.
Like many in the Yankees’ organization Denbo’s contract was up at the end of October. So, too, are the contracts of GM Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi, all the big league coaches, Tim Naehring, VP of Baseball Operations and Jim Hendry, special assignment scout.
Hendry’s name has been linked to the Marlins’ GM opening.