Now, the New York Yankees have to sit and wait. The offer has been put on the table to Joe Girardi from general manager Brian Cashman and the front office. The reports indicate that Girardi will mull the offer over this weekend to decide whether he wants to return to the Yankees. There are other enticing options for the Yankees’ skipper, including job openings with his hometown team (Chicago Cubs), a team with a better chance to win a World Series in 2014 on paper (Washington Nationals), and even a chance to return to television.However, according to David Kaplan from WGN Radio, the only two teams that Girardi would manage in 2014 are the Cubs or the Yankees. The Cubs have been rumored to wanting to talk with him to present him an offer that would make him one of the highest paid managers in baseball.
On Friday, the Nationals asked permission to speak with Girardi. However, the Yankees can deny the permission of other teams until the end of this month. That is when his contract will expire. We don’t know the parameters that Girardi and his agent, Steve Mandell brought to the Yankees in a counter-offer, but sources have also said that the meetings have been good between the two sides. According to ESPN New York, the source told them “I believe Joe Girardi wants to come back to the Yankees.”
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Radio Show on the What’s Brewin’ In Sports Radio Network presented by BaldVinny.com, I decided to take a look at the Chicago angle of things and the buzz on the Girardi rumors in Girardi’s hometown. To do that, I spoke with Jacob Misener, the editor of the Cubs’ Fansided site, Cubbies Crib. On the show, we discussed the following topics:
- The firing of manager Dale Sveum after just two years on the job.
- The uniqueness of the Cubs’ manager position
- Other candidates rumored to become the manager
- The viewpoint of Girardi in Chicago
- How far are the Cubs away from contending in the NL Central?
- Primary Free Agent Need for the team
- Is this potential move an owner decision or a baseball decision from Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer?
- Thoughts on the Pirates-Cardinals NLDS Series (tied at 1-1)
- Reaction to the firing of Dusty Baker.
Also, I will be on their show called Climbing the Ivy Sunday night at 6:00 ET to bring the Yankees’ perspective on the latest Joe Girardi news. You can check out any of the Yanks Go Yard Shows over at WBISRadio.com