With Carlos Mendoza joining the major league coaching staff in 2018, the Yankees had an opening for a minor league infield coordinator and the Yankees have found one that is familiar to New York baseball fans. Former Yankees infielder Miguel Cairo is taking over the role.
Cario spent the last five seasons with the Cincinnati Reds where he was a Special Assistant to the General Manager. He also served as an extra coach for the Reds in 2013. He played 17-years in the major leagues with 12 different teams including both the New York Mets and Yankees. His final three seasons were with the Reds.
In 1,490 career major league games, he hit .264/.314/.361 and played six different positions during that time, including all the infield positions and corner outfield spots. Over his career, he made 29 playoff appearances in six Division Series and three League Championship Series.
Cairo played with the New York Yankees in 2004 where he hit .292/.346/.417 in 122 games but ultimately the Yankees decided not to re-sign him. In 2005 he hit .251/.296/.324 in 100 games for the New York Mets. He returned to the Yankees for the 2006 season, appearing in 81 games and hitting .239/.280/.320. In 2007 he appeared in 54 games for the Yankees before being designated for assignment on August 7, 2007, to make room on the 40-man roster for Jason Giambi.