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Joe Girardi drawing a lot of interest from Yankees, Cubs, Nationals

Oct 4, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT

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Free agent manager-to-be Joe Girardi is a very popular man right now, drawing interest from the Yankees, Cubs, and Nationals. The Yankees have already made Girardi an offer according to ESPN’s Andrew Marchand, though the specifics are not yet known. In Marchand’s words, the offer is “expected to be significant”. Yankees GM Brian Cashman is quoted as saying that Girardi will be given “a real good reason to stay.”

Meanwhile, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Cubs are willing to make Girardi one of the two highest-paid managers in baseball. Girardi spent the first four years of his career, and an additional three years at the end of his career, with the Cubs.

David Kaplan of CSN Chicago tweets that the Nationals have requested permission from the Yankees to interview Girardi. The Nationals have an opening following the retirement of Davey Johnson. Kaplan also suggests that the Reds, who fired Dusty Baker earlier, could have interest in obtaining Girardi’s services.

Girardi is still under contract with the Yankees through the end of October, so any team interested in negotiating with Girardi must obtain permission from the Yankees or wait until November 1.

  1. TheMorningStar - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    The Yankees should definitely resign Girardi and then fire their GM, Brian Cashman.

    • banggbiskit - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Why would you fire Cashman? Do you believe that the ownership group just permits Cash to make all the Free agent decisions and signings without “ordering” him to acquire certain players? Also, since the Yanks splashed 5 years ago with the AJ, CC and Tex signings, they havent really gone out and spent a ton of money on a FA…that’s not on Cashman.

      • dcfan4life - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        They haven’t produced a top notch prospect either. That IS Cashman.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        No it’s not, because the GM usually has his hand in the first pick and the scouting department picks up the rest (per Klaw, KG and ProfessorParks).

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I agree with you with the former but not with the latter good Sir

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    puig just got an infield single ok criag time to write the article!

  4. Caught Looking - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    It’s deja vu all over again. The last time Dusty Baker was fired (as Cubs manager) Girardi was the heavy favorite. And to think Loria fired this guy when he had two years left on his deal.

    • suckit619 - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      Loria is one of the worst owners in sports so I wasn’t surprised.

      • bellerophon30 - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:51 AM

        Loria is one of the worst owners for the fans in sports, not for himself. For himself he’s won a World Series and gotten a publicly financed stadium built. I’m thinking that he’ll call that a big win.

  5. 8man - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Over rated. Period.

    Then again with the roster the Yankees tend to have, how can you tell whether the manager is any good?

    Salary cap now!

    • louderthanwords1 - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      First I’ll say not only am I not a yankees fan I can’t stand the yankees! How though can you say Girardi is over rated? Yes the Yankees roster is expensive but it really isn’t that good and their not a young team either and had a lot of injuries Girardi had to manage. If what he did with the Yankees doesn’t convince you he’s a top notch manager look at what he did with the Marlins.

      As for a salary cap in baseball well using the Yankees who just missed the playoffs and paid both Jeter and Arod a ton of money this yr to do virtually nothing as a reason there should be a salary cap isn’t a way to go about it. You look around the playoffs and Oakland, Pittsburgh and Tampa are all in the playoffs. Its not about how much you spend but if you spend it wisely.

      • 8man - Oct 5, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        Agreed. But teams like Oakland and Pittsburgh and Tampa can’t keep the guys they develop. Those clubs end up being farm teams for the heavy spenders.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        There is nothing preventing those teams from locking players up. All a salary cap would do is keep more money in the owners pockets by driving down player salaries. How that’s good for the game is beyond me.

    • tackandcover - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      You try managing a group of aging one-time superstars with combined contracts larger than the GNP of some 3rd world nations. The egos would reach to the top of the new one World Trade building.

      If Girardi cannot cut the right deal in MLB he could make it as Secretary of State, although for chump change as salary.

  6. jss1330 - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    I don’t think there is a more prestigious managing job in baseball. I just don’t see another team being able to overcome that obstacle

    • biasedhomer - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      Money talks

  7. suckit619 - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    He should go home to the Cubs. They’ll appreciate him more. If he wins in NY, it’s just another championship. If he wins with the Cubs, he’ll have a statue outside of Wrigley…

    • tackandcover - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      There are already enough statues outside of Wrigley. If he goes to the Cubs and by some miracle the win a WS, they will rename the stadium for him.

  8. banger60 - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    the Yankees lately seem to make all the wrong decisions, here comes another if the manager goes, they don’t need a g.m. that’s now hanks job!

  9. rcali - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Wow, this is Joe’s chance to get off this sinking old ship called the Yankees. That Chicago gig would be nice and cushy. Young team with money to spend and actually has prospects in it’s minor league system. No more A-Fraud, no more Jeter getting paid 15 mill to play 10 games..same with Tex..although he makes a bunch more. Cano probably going to go elsewhere…maybe Chicago? I know, I know, thumbs down from Yankee fan who’s stuck in the past.

    • voidhelix - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      A) ur an idiot B) Girardi and A-Rod get along very well and C) the Cubs still SUCK! You`re a team without an ace, ur best 2 young hitters..SUCK ( Castro & Rizzo)..oh an you suck! Delusional motherf*ckers.

  10. walterwhite1976 - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    If Joe wants to be Legendary he goes to the Cubs. It’s that simple. The only other option is to tread lightly.

  11. misterj167 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Or optional headline:

    Yankees, Nationals Still Manage To Get Attention While Better Teams Play Baseball

    Maybe there should be an unwritten rule that calls for a moratorium on all this nonsense while the playoffs are still going on. At least it should be limited to sites that deal specifically with those teams

    • voidhelix - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      Like agents would allow that…

  12. boyofzimmer - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Sometimes life gives you the opportunity to do something extraordinary… Take it Joe and lead the Cubbies to a championship!!!

  13. voidhelix - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Yet ANOTHER manager who A) knows the AL East and B) knows what it`s like to WIN, will not even get a token look from the fat Greek moron known as Alex Anthopoulos. Not content to piss around before letting Farrell move to Boston ( thus not having a chance to aggressively pursue Tito Francona), he`s now screwing up another to improve the Blue Jays. Instead he`d rather allow a monkey, bench coach to `roast` uninterested infielders and push out an inept, unimaginative and non productive lineup each and every day. Hooray to a 75 win season for Toronto in 2014.

    Rogers need to fire them all.

  14. raiderssuckballz - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    The Cubs are talking to Manny Acta!

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