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The Nationals have asked permission to interview Joe Girardi

Oct 4, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT

Know who the happiest guy in the world is right now? Joe Girardi’s agent. Because he has not one, not two, but three job openings that Girardi could plausibly jump at in Cincinnati, Washington and Chicago, and thus his leverage is only increasing.

Against that backdrop:


Kaplan thinks that if Girardi goes anywhere it’d be Chicago. If I had to guess I’d say he stays in New York. But it’s nice to have options.

  1. jm91rs - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Does he want to win or does he want a lot of money? The Reds and Nationals are ready to win, the Cubs are rebuilding and the Yankees can’t even rebuild until they get some more bad deals off the books.

    • dcfan4life - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      The Yankees don’t rebuild, they reload.

      • blacksables - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        Nice use of Craig’s line from yesterday, in his Cardinals post.

      • stoutfiles - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        That line is older than Craig, are you seriously giving him credit for it?

        Anyways, this may be the first year the Yankees don’t reload though. They are trying to get below the cap to restart the luxury tax, which is incredibly high right now.

      • tigertigerwoodsyall - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        The Steinbrenner ‘push to get under $189 million’ will become easier if ardor is out most of the year. Even if that happens, there are some who are saying that he has eased up on that stance due to the poor year they just had and the backlash they got from the fans.

      • tigertigerwoodsyall - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        Arod – weird autocorrect there.

    • Jeremy T - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      As bad as it looks right now for the Yankees, I still don’t think you can count them out. They have this really weird knack for getting production out of mediocre players, and winning games they should lose.

    • lphboston - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Nats are indeed ready to win, and they need someone like Girardi to push the accelerator from Day 1. They were way too lackadaisical in the first half this season, and God bless DJ but he stayed way too long with his favorites (Espinosa, Storen, ALR).

      First choice would be Maddon, who can create bullpens out of nothing. Then Girardi. Players want (Nats bench coach) Randy Knorr, possibly because he might not be too hard on them.

  2. voteforno6 - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Well, at the very least, this will drive up the price for the Yankees.

  3. whodeybacker - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    JM91rs, you are correct. Both are good spots to win right away.

  4. holleywood9 - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Reds are at the end of their run. They have playoff runs maybe one more year. Cubs are a better built for longer term success. Washington I can’t argue with. Love their youth.

    • jm91rs - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Who has peaked for the Reds that makes them at the end of their run? The pitchers are all young, Ludwick is obviously old but he didn’t get them to the playoffs this year anyway. Bruce had one of his best years, Mesoraco is finally starting to hit. Frazier and Cozart are the only two real liabilities that the team has, and they aren’t high dollar players so if something better came along they’d be easy to replace.
      The Cubs are awful, it will be 4-5 years before they are competing with anyone.

      • Old Gator - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        We’ve had our deeferences jm, but I have to agree with you. The Reds are a very, very good team and what they’re lacking is a Yasiel Puig of their own to light a fire and impart some enthusiam and cohesiveness. Aside from that, they’re just a few clever trades or signings away from reinvigorating themselves. To say that they’re “at the end of their run” is preposterous. They’re just barely entering their prime.

      • paperlions - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        I bet the Cubs are competing with the Reds in 2015, is that 4-5 years away?

        The Cubs have a number of stud position players, their system has had a terrific year of development…the pitchers are lacking, but they could plan on buying those.

        Votto has peaked, though, he could maintain this level of performance for a couple more years, he’s 30.

        Phillips is on the downside offensively. He’s 33 early next season.

        Choo is gone.

        Not much offense close to the majors, not much money to spend on bats. Great young pitching and some great arms in the upper parts of the system though.

      • pdowdy83 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        Gator I feel like the Reds have that “fire lighter” in BIlly Hamilton. Not quite in the same way as Puig but Hamilton can really change a game when he is on base.

        Holleywood9, Votto had a down year but I don’t think it is time to write him off. Brandon Phillips is still who he is. A great defensive player that is slightly overrated with the bat. Cozart may not be great but he is still a bit above league average due to his glove. Frazier improved his walk rate and cut down on his K rate this year to go along with a low BABIP. His BABIP should rise about 25 points and that would put him back closer to his rookie year. He too, even this year, is above average so again he isn’t a problem. A lineup of

        Hamilton – CF
        Ludwick – LF
        Votto – 1B
        Phillips – 2B
        Bruce – RF
        Frazier – 3B
        Mesoraco – C
        Cozart – SS

        with a rotation consisting of Cueto and Latos with Cingrani emerging as well is FAR from burning out contending wise. If you don’t like Ludwick as an every day left fielder it is possible to go sign someone like David Murphy this off season who can handle some LF and be a decent backup at CF and RF as well.

  5. pisano - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    He’s not going anywhere, he likes being in NY. The Yankees like him because he’s a company man, he does what they say, and he plays the hand they give him without complaint.

  6. rpiddy - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    I thought his contract with the Yankees had expired. Why would they need to grant permission? Only thing I can think of is he stays under contract until the end of the WS?

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      He’s under contract under October 31st.

      • Old Gator - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        Ah, but is Cashman desperate enough to put broken glass in his candy cones?

  7. Old Gator - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Girardi would be a great hire for…for…well, for any team, really, that didn’t have a bloodsucking meddler like Scrooge McLoria for an owner. Even though the Borg missed the postseason this year, you can’t fault Girardi. If anything, he kept a bandaided and paper clipped squad together and in the hunt right down to the final week. And before that, he guided a callow, K-mart budget Feesh team to a mid-pack finish no one predicted for them at the outset of the season. I think he would really shake up the NL East if he signed on with the Gnats. He’d be a fine manager for the Reds. But I can’t see the point of him signing with the Cubs. I know he doesn’t smile much, but still, what does he need a prion-vectored Indonesian neurological disease like Die vloek van der Geitbok for?

    • blacksables - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      And the Frito Bandito lives on!

    • voteforno6 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      As a Nats fan, despite my aversion to anything related to the Yankees, I wouldn’t mind Girardi taking over as manager. It seems like his teams are always very professional, and play very fundamentally sound baseball.

  8. jason9696 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    It should be 4 teams. The Jays should fire John Gibbons.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Wedge is out in Seattle, too. That is an up-and-coming crew out there who could use a steady hand to guide them to the next level. I don’t see it happening, but that does not mean Girardi can’t use the situation as leverage.

  9. raiderssuckballz - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    The Cubs are also talking to Sandy Alomar Jr. , per MLB Network!

  10. jgreiner9 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    He doesn’t technically become a free agent until Nov. 1st.

    In response to the first poster, I wouldn’t be so sure to think the Yankees can’t turn it around quick, or are too far away compared to the cubs, reds, and nats. They are going to shed quite a few contracts in the offseason. They’ll shed: Youkilis, Joba, Hughes, Kuroda, Logan, Pettitte, Rivera, Cano, Overbay, Reynolds, Ryan, Grabderson, and Hafner. There’s also the potential of A-Rod being suspended the whole year next year, which would take his $29 mil off the books and free up more money. With A-Rod included that’s around $123,500,000. You’d have money to take care of arbitration guys, possibly Cano (seeing as Magic came out today and said they’re focused on locking up Kershaw and not Cano) and possibly go after some names like McCann or Napoli. Resign some guys to be bench/platoon guys like Reynolds and Ryan, who would have to take pay cuts wherever they go. Plus Jeter’s option cuts his salary in half for 2014. There’s no reason they can’t do what the Red Sox did this past season and add guys on shorter term deals and still compete. It’s not like this Yankees team was at the bottom of the division. They won 85 games and was in the wild card hunt going into the last week of the season.

  11. psousa1 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    That Cubs rumor is a bunch of BS. Theo will not overpay for a manager because he has stated in the past the field manager is middle management. I’m a lifelong Sox fan but you just know Girardi is nobody’s b!tch and that is what Theo would want. I guy that will take orders with no opinion of his own.

    Now Washington – I think every unemployed manager, coach on the rise or manager who wants to get out of his present deal would love that job. That is a ready made contender for a WS never mind a playoff spot. Girardi would fit that team like a hand in glove.

  12. psuorioles - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    We all know Girardi isn’t going to take the Cubs job… he turned down the O’s job prior to joining the Yanks because it was too hard of a job… He’ll continue to stay in NY where they will continue to pay for the best talent making his job pretty cush… Managing the Yanks is like Phil Jackson coaching the Bulls with Jordan/Pippen and Lakers with Shaq/Kobe…

  13. 12strikes - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Oh… I would love to be in the room for that interview

    GM: “Hi Joe I’m Mike Rizzo, General Manager of the Nat’inals”
    Joe: “Oh… Aren’t you the one that benched one of your bet pitchers just before the playoffs for no reason?”
    GM:” Um.. Well… Yes… We were saving him for the playoffs this season.”
    Joe: “Yea… Bye”

    • 12strikes - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      bet = best

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