Jays reach out to Yanks coach Thomson

Jays reach out to Yanks coach Thomson

ARLINGTON -- Yankees third-base coach Rob Thomson spoke to the Blue Jays' front office about their managerial opening via telephone this week, the New York Post reported on Saturday.

Thomson, a native of Ontario, has been mentioned in several circles as a candidate to succeed the retired Cito Gaston at the helm of the Blue Jays.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman would not comment when asked if the team had granted Thomson permission to speak with Toronto, but the Post reported that Thomson was permitted to speak to the Blue Jays during New York's layoff between the American League Division Series and the AL Championship Series.

Thomson is completing his 21st season as a member of the Yankees organization and his second as the team's third-base coach, having filled a variety of roles to this point. During the Yankees' August trip to Toronto, Thomson said that he was remaining focused on his duties with the Yankees.

"I've been asked that quite a bit with the Toronto job opening up, so I've got all of the Toronto [reporters] asking about it," Thomson said then. "I tell them this -- I have a lot on my plate right now, and I have a responsibility for what happens on a daily basis here. I really believe that if you take care of that, all of the other stuff will take care of itself."