During a Yankees-Astros series in what would be his final season in the majors, Carlos Beltran approached Brian Cashman to let the Bombers GM know that he was planning on retiring, and would be willing to help out his former organization in some capacity when his playing career ended.

Three days ago, Beltran received a phone call from Cashman, asking if the recent retiree wanted to come to Yankee Stadium and interview for the Bombers’ managerial vacancy.

His answer, unsurprisingly, was yes.

“I never thought this moment was going to come this soon after retirement,” said Beltran, who became the sixth candidate to interview for the position on Wednesday in the Bronx. “I personally felt that when I retired from baseball that I was going to be able to spend a little time with the family, but this is something you cannot turn away from.”