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Joe Girardi is staying with the Yankees

Oct 9, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

Joe Girardi AP

Well, this is going to make the Cubs sad.

Joe Girardi will return as Yankees manager, signing a four-year contract extension rather than hitting the open market as a free agent in a few weeks.

Jon Heyman of reports that Girardi will get $16 million over four years, so the Cubs’ oft-reported interest helped boost the price tag from his current $3 million salary. Now he’s in New York through 2017, choosing to stay with a Yankees team in a state of flux rather than trying to embark on a full-scale rebuild with the Cubs or perhaps join a ready-made contender with the Nationals.

Girardi has a 564-408 (.580) record in six seasons with the Yankees, including 85-77 with an injury wrecked roster this season. He’s won three AL East titles and one World Series during that time, and general manager Brian Cashman has always made it very clear that he wanted Girardi back.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    The moment Girardi mentioned being open to doing whatever was best for his family, it smelled of a person positioning themselves for a contract negotiation. I don’t believe he had any intention of leaving New York, but if that interview got him even one more dollar, it was completely worth it. He used the New York media to build himself a good bargaining position.

    • sportsfan18 - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Yes, that’s how it works. And the team won’t be nearly as strong overall as it has been in his previous yrs at the helm and the American fans have such a short memory that in a few short yrs when they keep missing the playoffs, he’ll be accused of “losing” it and not knowing how to manage anymore and if gets fired, those dollars will have come in handy.

      Going to the Cubs would have hurt his managerial record even more than the Yankees will in the next couple of seasons.

      He could have been on his way to becoming the Phil Jackson of MLB if he went to the Nats. No, the Nats aren’t guaranteed anything but they are still a winning team, winning record this yr in an off yr for them.

      It was nice to see that he simply didn’t just jump to the team best built for NOW. In a few yrs the Yankees could/should be back and they’ll spend money again after resetting their tax bill so it won’t be for a lack of money.

      It could be a couple more lean yrs for the Yanks though, but nothing is guaranteed. The Ray’s will lose David Price at some point. The Red Sox are well the Sox as the Yanks are the Yanks.

      It depends on teams like the Rangers, Angles etc… if the Yanks will make the post season in the next few yrs…

      • cackalackyank - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        You think it depends on the Rangers and Angels etc.? Feels like it depends more on the Orioles, Indians, and maybe the Royals than it does the Angels. The Angels feel to me like they are the Yankees of the AL west. Unless Pujols and Hamilton are going to get younger that is….

  2. chiadam - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I can’t wait to see Theo explain how he goes from Dale Sveum (Theo’s pick two short years ago), to Joe Girardi, to A.J. Hinch. The press conference alone will make up for all the time I have to spend Googling A.J. Hinch.

  3. thomas655 - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    How about Sammy Sosa? He said that he wants to be “friends” with the Cubs again.

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  5. xdj511 - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Oh great. Now what are we going to talk about all winter? Free agents? The ‘where was Girardi going to go’ storyline would’ve been more compelling than any potential free agents out there.

  6. bh0673 - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Considering the relationship he has had with the Yankees as a player, coach, broadcaster and manager, I would have been more surprised if he had left.

    • chip56 - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      He also played for the Cubs for 7 years.

      • mybrunoblog - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        The Cubs Girardi played for are long gone. New owner, GM, players, coaches, front office etc. The only thing left from Girardi’s time in Chicage is Wrigley Field and even that will look different after the renovations.

    • Elizabeth Finn - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      He grew up in Chicago and was a Cub for years.

  7. raiderssuckballz - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    The Cubs are talking to Dave Martinez!

  8. chip56 - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    The difference I think is that if he left the Yankees he wasn’t going to get that job back. On the other hand, after this contract is up there’s a better than average shot that he’ll still be able to get a job with the Cubs if he wanted one down the road.

  9. drelms - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Staying in NY with Cashman what an idiot Girardi is, must be from all of the hits off his face-mask during his playing days

    • chip56 - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Why’s he an idiot for staying with the Yankees? The Yankees may have their issues but they’re not as bad as the Cubs are – that’s for sure.

      And I’m sure in his negotiations Girardi got certain assurances about oversight of his coaching staff and roster (assuming he wanted those provisions spelled out)

  10. chip56 - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Bobby V is available.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Girardi was plan A. Bobby V is plan F.

      • bigharold - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        Booby V. was about as likely to be the next Yankee Manager as Billy Martin. In fact, .. if it were between the two, .. my money is on Martin.

  11. pisano - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    He’d be an idiot to leave the Yankees @4mil per. to go the Cubs. The bottom line for Joe is the Yankees treat him good because he plays the hand he’s dealt and doesn’t make any waves. Don’t be surprised if the Yankees are right in the middle of a pennant race next year. They’ll do and spend whatever it takes to be on top, it’s the Yankee way, and don’t think for one minute Girardi doesn’t realize that.

    • uyf1950 - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      Good re-sign for both Girardi and the Yankees. Managing the Yankees is probably one of the more difficult on field jobs in MLB because of such high expectations from everyone the Owners/Management, Media and fans. It’s for just anyone. Congratulations to Girardi and the Yankees they both made the correct decision.

      Besides let Theo Epstein and the Cubs find their own manager.

      • uyf1950 - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        correction: It’s “NOT” for just anyone.

    • bigharold - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      “The bottom line for Joe is the Yankees treat him good because he plays the hand he’s dealt and doesn’t make any waves.”

      And he handles the pitching, in general, especially the pen great.

      • cackalackyank - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        Actually, this year the pitching kinda ran out of gas. Not that pitching did not figure into it, but taking that injury wrecked shambles of a roster, winning 85 games with it, and staying mathmatically alive into the last weekend proves Girardi is worth those bucks.

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