Joe Girardi Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Yankees Manager
Joe Girardi has been the New York Yankees' manager since 2008, and he has had a great deal of success with the team, winning the World Series in 2009 and reaching the MLB playoffs every year from 2009 through 2012. But the Chicago Cubs are reportedly interested in bringing Girardi's winning ways to Wrigley Field.
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 6
Andy McCollough of The Star-Ledger confirms the New York Yankees have made a contract offer to manager Joe Girardi:
A day after offering manager Joe Girardi a new contract believed to include a substantial raise, the Yankees were still waiting to hear an answer, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person requested anonymity to protect the sensitivity of the negotiations.
Girardi, also a target of the Cubs and Nationals, could take a few days to make his decision. The team reportedly extended Girardi an offer in the range of three years and $12 million to $15 million. Girardi made $3 million in 2013.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 2
ESPN's Buster Olney gives us a bit more context on Girardi's situation:
The Cubs' baseball operations department has only begun its search for the next manager and isn't locked into Girardi -- or anyone else -- as its primary option.
But sources say that Cubs ownership wants Girardi, is making a strong internal argument to hire him and intends to make him a serious contract offer, if given the chance.
The negotiations between the Yankees and Girardi could proceed quickly, given New York's intention -- as stated by Cashman to reporters Tuesday -- to offer him a raise.
Cashman declined to say if he would grant Girardi permission to speak to the Cubs. Because Girardi is under contract until Oct. 31, a source told ESPNNewYork.com that the Yankees are hesitant to give him permission to speak with the Cubs.
The comments Cubs president Theo Epstein made following Sveum's dismissal were quite telling, as he expressed interest in signing a manager who can change the culture of the team, according to the Chicago Tribune.
I believe a dynamic new voice – and the energy, creativity and freshness that comes with this type of change – provides us with the best opportunity to achieve the major league environment we seek. We will begin our search immediately – a process which will be completed before the GM meetings in early November and perhaps much sooner. There are no absolute criteria, but we will prioritize managerial or other on-field leadership experience and we will prioritize expertise developing young talent. We have not yet contacted any candidates or asked permission to speak with any candidates, but that process will begin tomorrow morning.
Olney's sources have told him that the Cubs view Girardi as a manager who can breathe new life into the organization, so they'll do everything possible to woo him.
With that said, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has already made re-signing Girardi—who is signed with the team until Oct. 31—a priority. According to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com, Cashman is ready to offer Girardi more than the $3 million-per-year salary he enjoys currently.
"He is obviously under contract," Cashman said. "And we have an interest in clearly trying to keep him."
"We are going to give him a real good reason to stay and he has earned that through his six years," Cashman said.
Despite that, managing the Cubs could potentially be attractive to Girardi. He is from Peoria, Ill., and he played for the Cubs from 2000 through 2002 after spending four seasons with the Yankees.
There are also big changes happening in the Bronx. Not only are Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte retiring, but there are also big-ticket free agents that could potentially leave New York, including Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda.
The Yanks may be in a better position than the Cubs to win now, but Girardi could decide that the time is right to pursue a new challenge.
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