Joe Girardi: Yanks And Cubs To Fight It Out?
Joe Girardi is reportedly about to have two teams battling it out over who gets him, if sources are correct, and it could end up being very beneficial to him.
After a slow season, the Cubs have fired manager Dale Sveum and are prepared to make a nice offer to Girardi in the hopes that he’ll come build up some fan love in Chicago. New York, however, will do what they can to keep him, and since his contract isn’t up until October 31st, the Yankees haven’t said whether they’ll give him permission to have a sit-down with the Cubs.
”He knows we’d like to have him stay and continue as manager of the New York Yankees as we move forward,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. ”I feel we hired a good one. He’s been a world champion player for us. He’s been a coach, a broadcaster and obviously a world champion manager. So we’ve benefited from having him and we’d like to do that going forward, but we’ll have to speak with him and see how it plays out.”
Because the Cubs are trying to boost fan attendance at games–which has gone downhill over the past five seasons–it may be more financially viable for them to hire Girardi than it would be to try and woo some free-agent players. Girardi, who currently is under contract for $3 million a year, may be offered between $4 and $5 million to come to Chicago.