Aaron Boone opens up on his uncertain Yankees job security

With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, Aaron Boone’s focus remains on the fate of his team.

His own future is undetermined, and the manager said Tuesday he’s not letting the uncertainty affect him.

“I’m not worried about it,’’ Boone told The Post when asked about his job status. “I’ll be fine no matter what happens.”

Boone understands the reality of the situation and made it clear he relishes the job.

“I love doing it,’’ Boone said before the Yankees faced the Rangers. “But I’ll be fine no matter what.”

It remains to be seen how much longer he’ll remain in the role.

When he was hired, Boone signed a three-year deal with an option for a fourth year. The Yankees picked up the option before this season and general manager Brian Cashman said in December he hoped to have “10 more [years] with Boone.”

In June, Cashman’s support was more tepid, when he made it clear he had no intention of firing Boone or anyone else on the coaching staff during the season — but offering no guarantees beyond that.

A second-half turnaround has almost certainly helped Boone’s cause, especially the 13-game winning streak last month that seemingly had the Yankees poised for the playoffs.

Aaron Boone
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But they have faltered down the stretch, and if there are no playoffs in The Bronx this season, it will undoubtedly leave plenty of people on thin ice and perhaps a reckoning within the organization that hasn’t reached the World Series since 2009.

How the Yankees play down the stretch — and potentially into the postseason — could be a factor in whether Boone gets a new contract.

As the organization proved in 2017, when it feels it’s time to make a change, there’s no hesitation.

After a surprising run to the ALCS that season, manager Joe Girardi was still let go. The belief was the team needed a new message from a new messenger.

Aaron Boone
Aaron Boone
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Boone came on and led the Yankees to 100-win seasons in each of his first two years, losing in the ALDS in 2018 and the ALCS in 2019 before falling in the ALDS last year after the COVID-shortened regular season.

The Yankees entered this year with sky-high expectations and then started 6-11. They bounced back with a 22-8 stretch, but have been wildly inconsistent all season.

More recently, the Yankees followed the 13-game winning streak by winning just two of their next 13 — going from fighting the Rays for the AL East lead to trying to hang on to a wild-card spot.

Amid the ups and downs, they’ve managed the second-best record in the American League since July 6 (42-26), behind only the Rays.

But that second-half success will only go so far if their season ends without a fifth consecutive playoff appearance.

The last time they missed the playoffs in 2016, they had already traded Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Carlos Beltran, in an admission they weren’t going to make a run that season.

This summer, they added Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo, as well as arms like Clay Holmes, Joely Rodriguez and Andrew Heaney.

While the Yankees remained under the luxury-tax threshold and didn’t give up their top minor league prospects in the deals, the activity proved they expected a playoff run.

They finish the regular season with series in Boston and Toronto before the final three games against Tampa Bay at the Stadium.

Plenty of jobs may be riding on how the Yankees close out.


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