Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Girardi staying in New York?
By AJ Mass
The regular season may have already ended, but there's still one more race that New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wants to win before the end of October is done. That's the race to get Joe Girardi's signature on a new contract.
Girardi is set to become a managerial free agent on November 1, but until that time, other teams may not negotiate with him without the Yankees giving permission first. And that's something that Cashman is loathe to do, especially since he knows the Chicago Cubs are very interested in Girardi.
That's why Cashman is reportedly offering Girardi a raise when the time comes to negotiate with his agent on Wednesday in the hope that negotiations will quickly bear fruit. "I think he likes it here," Cashman said. "We are going to give him a real good reason to stay and he has earned that through his six years."
One way or another, this seems to be a situation that will resolve itself sooner rather than later. As the Cubs start to reach out to other candidates, Girardi will have to throw his hat into the ring with Chicago sooner, rather than later, if he has any intention of being considered for that job. They're not looking like a team willing to wait until November just on the chance that Girardi might be interested.
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"Girardi also could consider a hiatus from managing, return to the broadcast booth and then manage again. He spoke about this possibility on Sunday. On Monday over coffee with Girardi, Cashman reiterated to him what he has said publicly for months -- he wants Girardi to stay. Cashman left the meeting thinking the feeling is mutual."