The New York Yankees have re-signed manager Joe Girardi to a four-year contract.
Major League Baseball announced the deal—which will run through the 2017 season—on Wednesday afternoon via its official Twitter feed:
BREAKING: @Yankees re-sign manager Joe Girardi to 4-year contract through 2017 season.— MLB (@MLB) October 9, 2013
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Girardi reportedly agreed to terms for $4 million per season plus bonuses—a significant raise over the three-year, $9 million contract the 48-year-old just completed.
Girardi gets $16M for 4 yrs plus bonuses— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) October 9, 2013
This signing puts an end to rampant speculation that Girardi would jump ship from the Bronx Bombers and join another club, such as his hometown Chicago Cubs.
The New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand provides this quote from Girardi:
Girardi: "It’s a special place to manage because of the opportunity you have every year and the tools that they give you."— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) October 9, 2013
Joel Sherman of the New York Post passes along more from Girardi:
Girardi: "After talking to my family, this is where we wanted to come back." #Yankees— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) October 9, 2013
New York struggled in 2013 due in large part to injuries. Despite finishing with 85 wins, the fewest for the Yankees since 1995, team brass reaffirmed its faith in the manager with this new contract.
Overall, Girardi has been at the helm of the club for six seasons and led it to four playoff appearances—including a World Series win in 2009.
He has gracefully dealt with a number of high-profile issues—such as severe injuries to his best players and the Biogenesis scandal involving Alex Rodriguez—during his tenure in the Big Apple.
Did the Yankees make the right call in retaining Girardi?
Girardi’s run as the Yankees manager has been the best in the big leagues in terms of winning percentage, as the Yankees have won 58 percent of their games—for a total of 564 wins and 408 losses—since the start of the 2008 season.
Until this fall, the Yankees had not failed to make the postseason since Girardi’s first year as manager back in 2008. If history is any indication, don’t expect the Yankees to be down long. They could be a World Series contender as early as next year with a healthy roster.