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.
“He knows we’d like to have him stay and continue as manager of the New York Yankees as we move forward,” general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday.
Following the Yankees’ worst year since 1992, there are a whole lot of questions and not many answers. Manager Joe Girardi hasn’t even committed to returning.
It turns out Robinson Cano isn’t the only one who is willing to show a little leg to the enemy. The twin mating rituals of the two most important free agents the Yankees need to address this offseason includes someone who won’t throw, catch or hit a baseball in 2014.
“I want to keep that memory of mine,” Rivera told the crowd of 40,542, second largest of the season at Minute Maid Park behind Opening Day. “For that, I apologize. You guys deserved more, but I’m being a little selfish.”
Does Girardi want to stay? Take a look at his answers during a long session with reporters Sunday morning and decide for yourself…