While the team may look a whole lot different in 2014, the New York Yankees coaching staff will remain the same.
Girardi said on Thursday that if a decision isn’t made soon, the team will have to make backup third-base plans in case Rodriguez isn’t available.
Check out the managers in this year’s Fall Classic. It shows you that the day-to-day grumbling about managers isn’t that big a deal in the end.
Though the Yankees fell well short of expectations this past season, the blame shouldn’t fall at Larry Rothschild’s feet. The Bombers appear to agree and are trying to bring him back.
As fictional President Jed Bartlet was fond of saying, “What’s next?” Let’s take a look, starting with the most obvious free agent — Robinson Cano.
Re-signing Joe Girardi to a four-year, $16 million deal was absolutely the right thing to do, even after a non-playoff season. With so many holes to fill during the winter, all the Yanks needed was instability at the top.
Saddled with the twin burdens of bulging expectations and a newfound frugality, Hal Steinbrenner is at a crossroads. His next few moves could decide the next decade for the New York Yankees.
Wouldn’t it be nice to go out like Mo and Andy? Girardi, with a fresh four-year deal, hopes Robinson Cano will factor his Yankees legacy into the equation when weighing his options in free agency.
The guys had nothing but praise for the Girardi deal, citing what a good fit he is for the Yanks, New York and baseball.
Girardi was reportedly interested in exploring the Chicago Cubs’ opening, but Yankees brass made it clear they wanted a speedy resolution.
“I talked to Joe on two different occasions,” Steinbrenner said. “I made it clear to him that we do want him back. My family thinks he did a great job this season given everything that happened. We’re gonna try to work something out.”
Say it ain’t so, Joe! The Yankees manager “wants to formally explore the Cubs’ opening after weeks of back-channel feelers,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Girardi has strong Chicago roots. He grew up in East Peoria, Illinois, attended Northwestern University and played for the Cubs from 1989-1992, and then again from 2000-2002.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met with Girardi on Monday and with the manager’s agent, Steve Mandell, on Wednesday.
The Yankees want Joe Girardi back — so they’d better work quickly. New York will have less than a month to hammer out a deal before the Chicago Cubs can make their move.