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Brian Cashman never worried Joe Girardi would leave Yankees for Cubs

Nov 15, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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There was a ton of speculation about Joe Girardi leaving the Yankees for the Cubs as a free agent manager, but New York general manager Brian Cashman said yesterday that he was never all that worried.

Cashman told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com that the Cubs’ interest in Girardi was “expected” after they fired Dale Sveum, but added:

I went to Joe. I said: “If this is something you want, let me know and we’ll let you go.” But he said he wanted to stay, so we were able to work it out. I never felt he was leaving us. If he wasn’t on board, then we would have cut him loose and let him talk to anybody.

And of course Girardi got a nice bump in salary for staying, so it worked out well for him too.

  1. uyf1950 - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I realize there are some Yankees fans that think Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman are terrible at what they do. I just wanted to say I am not in that camp. I’m glad Girardi has re-signed with the Yankees and I hope Cashman does the same when his contract expires at the end of the 2014 season. As fans we have the benefit of hindsight but there is a reason why they are in the position they are in and we fans sit anonymously in front of a computer screen and get to contribute our 2 cents worth.

    It’s good to have Girardi back and I hope Brian as well after the season. Go Yankees.

    • tommyg2012 - Nov 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      It’s not cashman or Girardi we don’t want back. It’s Hal or hank that has to go!!!!!!!

  2. APBA Guy - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Yes for all the justifiable accolades that the G & P Beane gets, the longest tenured GM’s in MLB are:

    – Brian Sabean 10/96
    – G & P Beane 10/97
    – Cashman 2/98

    The odd man out in that group is actually Beane, with no rings.

    It’s a results oriented business, both on the field and in profits. Cashman has been a great success, and deserves the respect of Yankee fans and fans of baseball generally.

  3. sparkyxproof - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Joe Girardi has established himself as one of the more knowledgable men in the game. He needs to be moved to a higher position in the Yankees organization (GM) . But if the Steinbrenners are not going to give him full control and let him run ?? than just leave him where he is or else they’ll will wind up losing a good one.

  4. anxovies - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Girardi and Cashman did a good job of keeping the Yankees afloat during a difficult year. The Yankees are suffering now from some decisions made in the last decade, but those decisions produced league and WS champions. What is needed at the present is an overhaul of the minor league farm system and talent development. Rule changes and long term contracts have changed the way teams have to operate to develop winners. A good start for the Yankees would be to hire disgruntled player development executives from teams like the Marlins and Rays who have been successful in spotting and growing talent. These people may be the new free agents.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      It also doesn’t hurt if a team can finish at the bottom of the standings for so many years like both the Marlins have done out of their roughly 20 year existence and Rays did for up until 2008.

      • klingonj - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        I understand what you say, but over the last so many years, the yankees should have developed more talent.

  5. psousa1 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Girardi knows Theo Epstein is coming to the realization that Henry, Werner and Lucchino did know what they were doing in Boston. Epstein’s “Anything bad is ownership’s fault. Anything good is because of baseball ops (i.e. – me!)” routine isn’t going to fly out there much longer. Girardi is a good manager and he belongs on a team where the manager is appreciated, respected and not a convenient scapegoat.

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