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Joe Girardi has options and leverage. Including a possible slot in the Fox booth.

Sep 30, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

Joe Girardi AP AP

With the Yankees season over a lot of attention will be paid to A-Rod’s arbitration, which starts today, and Robinson Cano‘s fre agency, which starts as soon as the playoffs are over.  But there is another loose end which is pretty darn important too: Joe Girardi.

Girardi is a managerial free agent, essentially, as he’s not under contract for 2014. Joel Sherman says that it feels like he wants to stay in New York. Buster Olney says that, while that may be true, Girardi is going to demand a significant raise to do it. Sherman adds this:

But there are real opportunities out there for Girardi. Tim McCarver’s spot in the Fox national booth is opening. Harold Reynolds and John Smoltz are perceived as strong candidates. But sources said the network loves Girardi and would strongly consider him.

He adds that the Cubs may have a managerial opening too and reminds us that Girardi is an Illinois guy, hailing from Peoria, going to Northwestern and playing for the Cubs.

Whether Girardi wants to leave the dugout for the booth or go to a rebuilding situation is an open question. But whether or not the Yankees should want him back in the Bronx shouldn’t be. He got more out of less talent this season than anyone. He has kept the clubhouse operating on an even keel despite all manner of controversy and scrutiny. He deals deftly with big egos and big media and the Yankees would be hard pressed who could do his job better than him. It’s just a matter if he wants it.

Either way, he’ll be making good money in 2014. And after a tumultuous 2013, it’s hard to say he won’t deserve it.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    I love Gurardi and he knows how to handle the line up. at times he is too by the book but he does do a very good job. would love to see him back, if not let’s give the coach next to him that whole season the job. We all love him

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    I think that he should be named the Manager Of The Year.

    • moogro - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      A spooky award, but he does appear to some some things impressively.

      • moogro - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        Do. As in scooby doo.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    The Yankees have leverage too. They can threaten to pull a page out of the Blue Jays playbook and hire a big name manager from the past. I think Stump Merrill is probably available…

  4. csbanter - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    To the author let’s stop living in the past. Don Mattingly may be free as well if it doesn’t work out in LA. Girardi is OK but Torre he is not.

    • Anoesis - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      Mattingly’s team just won its division, so it seems to be “working out” fairly well.

    • paperlions - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      No, he’s not Torre….he’s far better than Torre, who managed for 5 different franchises and had success in only 1 job….the one in which he had the highest payroll in baseball and the most talent pretty much every year.

  5. NatsLady - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Stump Merrill, whatta name, I hadda look that up!

    I was thinking more along the lines of Tony LaRussa–that would be something.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Hmmmmm, the Nats have a manager opening…

      • sumerduckman - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        And the Lerner’s have lots of money. And they’re going to have even more if the tv rights dispute is ever solved with Peter Angleos.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    If he does come back, I would insist he fire Kevin Long- the most overrated coach in all of baseball. He showed that with a lackluster lineup, he can produce lackluster results. He’s ineptness has been covered up by an all star lineup the past few years, but even those lineups have been shutdown against good pitching- even in the playoffs.

    BA: 24th in MLB

    OBP: 23rd in MLB

    OPS: 26th in MLB

    SLG: 27th in MLB

    HRs: 22nd in MLB

    BBs: 19th in MLB

    SOs:14th in MLB

    • deathmonkey41 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      I meant to say “especially in the playoffs”

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      What a shock! When a team loses a HoF’er for the entire year, another HoF’er for 75% of the season, a perennial all-star and a CF who hits a ton of HR, their offensive stats look terrible!

      • deathmonkey41 - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        And on the flip side- it’s easy to look like you’re good at your job when you have those people hitting for you. It’s when you don’t have them that shows how good you really are and as those numbers above show, well, he’s not very good…

  7. rickdobrydney - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    I think the sticking point in negotiations with the Yankees and Girardi is that he is gonna want his own personal weight room……

  8. Nick C - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Harold Reynolds!?!?!?!?!? One of the worst “analysts” out there. Dare I say I’d prefer McCarver?

    • moogro - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Nobody “prefers” McCarver. Devil you know.

  9. burm61 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    If Gardenhire’s meeting doesn’t go well with the Twins today, I’d love to see him in the booth.

    • moogro - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Monosyllabic hush-tone caveman oldschooligisms? Do you live in a rural area with a couple of old Norwegian bachelor farmers?

  10. tcostant - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Don’t forget the Nationals opening, I’m sure they would be interested with Davey Johnson riding off towards the sunset.

  11. aceshigh11 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Joe Girardi…Three-Inch Binder Wielder of the Year.

    I think that’s why he has Popeye forearms…lugging those binders around.

  12. dcfan999 - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    U gotta add the nationals in the running for girardi has well

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