Sources confirm discussions between YES and Buck Showalter regarding joining Yankees’ regional network
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YES Network’s Interest in Showalter Derailed by Mets’ Contractual Restrictions

The YES Network was looking to bring on both former New York Yankee manager Joe Girardi and potentially Buck Showalter to their team this offseason. While they were successful in adding Girardi, discussions with Showalter were more complicated due to his contract with the Mets.

Showalter, who was fired by the Mets after a disappointing season, was being paid $4 million not to manage in 2024. Despite this, the Mets indicated that they would have allowed Showalter to work for YES if talks had progressed. However, once it was discovered that Showalter was still under contract, the discussions did not move forward.

Girardi’s addition to YES was more straightforward, given his previous role as the Yankees’ manager before Boone. Boone, the current Yankees manager, has not advanced past the American League Championship Series and failed to make the playoffs last year. It is unclear if Showalter would have accepted a position with YES, given the circumstances surrounding Boone’s performance and his role on MLBN being more extensive.

Despite the complications surrounding Showalter’s potential role at YES, discussions with him demonstrate the network’s interest in adding experienced baseball professionals to their team.

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