Decision By Joe Girardi Could Come This Weekend

by Gavin Ewbank | Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013
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Before the New York Yankees begin pursuing any free-agent players on the market – like their own Robinson Cano – they must first take care of Joe Girardi and his expiring contract.

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Chicago Cubs are preparing themselves to make an offer to Girardi that would make him one of the two highest-paid managers in the majors.

Of course, though, the Cubs would need to ask the Yankees for permission to speak with Girardi before attempting to discuss any possible contract, but it’s also possible that Girardi has already asked the Yankees permission to speak to Chicago as part of the “parameters” set between him and the team in a meeting with Girardi’s agent, Steve Mandell, on Wednesday.

Most people within the industry, including myself, believe that Girardi is likely going to return to the Yankees on a deal in the range of three-years, for $12-$15 million.

The biggest competition to the Yankees right now seem to be the Cubs and the Washington Nationals, who will also have a high-profile vacancy this winter, and there’s even a possibility that Girardi joins FOX to replace the retiring Tim McCarver in the TV booth, and take some time off from managing.

Girardi, who said managing the Yankees was his dream job when he was hired to the position in 2007, has already said that money will have nothing to do with his decision, and he has reiterated a number of times that he and his family are happy living in the Westchester suburbs.

With his contract expiring at the end of October, Girardi has said that he would like to have this process conclude quickly, and it’s been reported that we could possible see a decision made by the end of this weekend, and maybe even sooner.

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Living in always-too-hot Florida, Gavin an MLB Columnist for BHC. Apart from that, he occasionally covers high school sports for the Palm Coast Observer. You can follow Gavin on Twitter @GavinEwbank.

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