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Former pitching coach joins SWB Yankees
11/01/2007 1:29 PM ET
Former Mariners pitching coach Rafael Chaves has accepted an offer to join the Yankees as the pitching coach for the Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre club in Moosic, Pa.

"I'm very happy to get this opportunity," Chaves said from his Puerto Rico home on Thursday. "We all know how prestigious the New York Yankees are, and I feel excited and honored to be a Yankee."

Chaves spent the past 10 years in the Mariners organization, the past two as Seattle's pitching coach. He was dismissed at the end of the regular season, along with third-base coach Carlos Garcia, bench coach Mike Goff, bullpen coach Jim Slaton and first-base coach Gary Thurman, who remained in the organization as a roving outfield coach.

Chaves is the first of the former coaches to land a new job.

"I want to thank the Mariners for all they did for me," Chaves said, "and it's time to make new friends and show the Yankees the same passion I had with the Mariners. I think I have some good things to offer."

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