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Brian Cashman on Joe Girardi: “We’re going to give him reason to stay”

Oct 1, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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As soon as the Cubs fired manager Dale Sveum the speculation about Joe Girardi coming to Chicago started to intensify, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is not going to let him leave without a fight.

Cashman told Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger that he met with Girardi on Monday and plans to meet with Girardi’s agent on Wednesday, adding that contract negotiations have begun.

Cashman declined to say whether the Cubs had requested permission to speak to Girardi, although considering his contract is up at some point very soon they won’t even need to do so. Cashman did say: “I think he likes it here. We’re going to give him reason to stay.”

In other words, expect an offer that would significantly top the three-year, $9 million contract Girardi just completed. Of course, the Cubs (or another team) would no doubt be offering a big contract too, so Girardi’s decision may hinge on which organization he thinks is in better shape for the next 3-5 years.

  1. captaincanoe - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Yankees measure time in years. The Cubs measure it in centuries.

  2. historiophiliac - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Girardi: Sigh. Do I think I can take another one of these retirement tours?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Who said he’s going to retire?

      • historiophiliac - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        Not him. Jeter. He’s probably worn out from the Great Mo Farewell Tour and ad hoc Pettitte retirement party.

    • tigertigerwoodsyall - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Why would he be tired of the retirement tours? Joe played with and now coached these guys. He seemed to have loved it. Maybe you didn’t see his emotions after Mo’s last home game.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Maybe because they are long, drawn-out emotionally-draining affairs and the Jeter one will be huge?

        But, yeah, take that very, very seriously. /eye roll

  3. gbrim - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I think the biggest question is whether Girardi thinks Cashman is up to retooling on the fly. Yankee fans/ownership won’t settle for a typical rebuilding project, and if they ‘retool’ and fail everybody involved will be blamed. Better to move on, even take a year or two off, than sign on to the Titanic, if he believes Cashman can’t pull off a very tough task.

  4. TheMorningStar - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    If ‘giving him reason to stay’ = Cashman tendering his resignation, then Girardi should stay.

  5. primetimewr9 - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    “Joe Girardi will have 25 million reasons to stay” – Kim Etheredge

  6. Jason @ IIATMS - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    if “reasons to stay” include a toothless Ichiro, a useless Vernon Wells, a hobbled Jeter, a banned ARod, a breaking down CC, a who-knows-what-you’re-getting-today Ivan Nova, no mo’ Cano, an overpaid Teix (remember him, kiddies?)…

    I mean really, REALLY solid reasons to come back.

    Girardi had best use this leverage for 2x his previous rate.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Wait, so there’s a Doom Watch 2014 to look forward to? Twinkies keep, right?

      • thebadguyswon - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Nope. The Doom Watch people of 2013 were right all along, as we knew we were. No need for one next year.

      • bigharold - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        “Nope. The Doom Watch people of 2013 were right all along, ..”

        Really, because even with the historic level of injuries the Yankees were in position for a playoff spot until late September. If the Yankees could have avoided losing just Granderson for most of the year things could have been much different.

        Remember what happened in 2008 when they didn’t make the playoffs? Depending on if and how long A-Rod is suspended for the Yankees will still have nearly $100 mil to spend next year to stay under the luxury tax threshold.

  7. tcostant - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    How about 4 years for $21M from the Nationals?

  8. esracerx46 - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    If it’s down to the Cubs and Yanks….I think it comes down to who’s closer to winning. Honestly I have no idea who that is.

  9. ilovesports13 - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    I wish Joe Girardi would leave and take Brian Cashman with him. I can’t stand either one of them. Cashman is the most overrated GM in sports.

    • thebadguyswon - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Cashman should be fired for insubordination alone.

  10. spikey54 - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    I agreed both should leave i watch the press conference, it was a joke, the bottom line the team will be worst next year, the owners will not spend papas money, the old age baseball players don’t cut it, and when you see the Yankees, play the rays or red sox or orioles the young team kills us, with no talent in the farm system, and no money to spend where do you reallt think we are heading downward folks.

  11. spikey54 - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    I agreed both should leave i watch the press conference, it was a joke, the bottom line the team will be worst next year, the owners will not spend papas money, the old age baseball players don’t cut it, and when you see the Yankees, play the rays or red sox or orioles the young team kills us, with no talent in the farm system, we are in trouble folks

    • thebadguyswon - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      At least you are one of the few Yankees fans that’s not in denial.

  12. pastabelly - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    It will take a promise of the Yankees going back into spending mode, which they will do. I expect 2 of 3 Red Sox to be starting for them in 2014 among Ellsbury, Salty, and Drew. Have the Sox ever won a real bidding war with the Yankees? Biggest mistake was letting Salty to get to free agency. Maybe the Yankees will sign McAnn instead.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      The Yanks spent $236M this year. Spending money != success. The absent rings on the Dodgers, Cubs, Mets, and Blue Jays can attest to that.

  13. ctony1216 - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Girardi said his decision would be based largely on what’s best for his family. He has kids in school in the New York area, and if they’re comfortably settled there, that may be reason enough to stay put.

  14. thebadguyswon - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    He’s already been to the top of the mountain with New York. Winning a title in Chicago, with that nucleus of young bats they have on the way – would make him immortal.

    • bigharold - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      That was kind of the same reasoning that Epstein used when he left the RS to win that World Series with the Cubs, .. oh wait. Never mind.

      • thebadguyswon - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        I hear ya. But there are some serious bats not very far away on their farm.

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