After taking a week to mull over his options, Joe Girardi has decided to come back as the New York Yankees’ manager. It has been reported that Girardi has signed a four year deal that will last thru 2017. The deal will pay Girardi $16 million including postseason bonuses, according to MLB Network and CBS Sports’ baseball writer Jon Heyman. He will be the second highest paid manager in Major League Baseball behind the Los Angeles’ Angels Mike Scioscia.
There were reports over the past weeks that the Cubs were going to top any offer the Yankees were going to throw out there with the Yankees having until October 31st to negotiate exclusively with their manager of the past six seasons. However, it never seemed that Girardi was ever interested in leaving with him and his family becoming more comfortable living in New York.
Despite just one World Series title in his tenure, Girardi’s teams have made the playoffs in four of his six seasons, including three trips to the American League Championship Series. He was able to take a team last year that had mostly average to mediocre talent and turn it into 85 wins and within one game of the second Wild Card spot in late September. The man who grew up in Chicago decides to stay in New York and its a move that general manager Brian Cashman and owner Hal Steinbrenner had to make.
Girardi will address reporters on a conference call at 4:00 PM ET regarding his decision. Now, the Yankees will look to see how they can improve their roster for 2014. First decision that will be at the forefront of the itinerary will be second baseman Robinson Cano. But now, the Yankees can make those decisions knowing they have their guy at the helm for the foreseeable future in Joe Girardi.