According to a tweet from Jerry Crasnick, the Royals have been in discussions with former New York Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland about taking over the vacant opening for Kansas City. The position became open after Bob McClure was not retained at the end of the season.
After retirement as a player, Eiland worked his way through the Yankees farm system before becoming the pitching coach of the major league squad in 2008. Following the 2010 season, Eiland was let go by New York and took a job as a front office special assistant with the Rays for the 2011 year.
During his time with New York, Eiland was able to work with young pitchers such as Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, and Ian Kennedy as they made their way through the system before reaching New York.