New York Yankees Bring Back Joe Girardi For Four Years
The New York Yankees have announced that they have re-signed manager Joe Girardi through the 2017 season on a four-year, $16 million contract, with postseason bonuses.
Girardi, who was to be a free-agent at the end of the month, was offered a contract by the Yankees last Friday that was believed to be in the range of four-years, $12-$15 million, but as it turns out, the Yankees gave him an extra year. There is no option for a fifth season. His $4 million per year will make him the second highest-paid manager in the league behind only Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels.
The Chicago Cubs, who fired manager Dale Sveum after the season, and the Washington Nationals, who will have an opening at manager with Davey Johnson retiring this offseason, both had high hopes of being able to make a run for Girardi, especially the Cubs with Girardi’s ties to the Chicago area. There were reports saying that the Cubs were willing to outbid the Yankees on any offer they made to Girardi, although they were never given permission from the Yankees to negotiate.
Since taking over for Joe Torre as the Yankees’ manager in 2008, Girardi has let the Bombers to a 564-408 record, the best record in the Majors over that span.
In 2013, he was forced to manage what may have been the weakest Yankees squad in his six years as manager, but he was still able to squeeze out 85 wins from his club, good enough to keep them in the playoff race up until the final week of the season when they were eliminated with four games remaining.
The Yankees have been making it very clear that they wanted Girardi back, and Girardi, himself, has said that he’s wanted to return to the Yankees, as he and his family like where they are settle in the Westchester suburbs.
With Girardi out of the way, the Yankees will can now continue their offseason meetings this week with their manager, as they will like start preparing to negotiate a new contract with Robinson Cano, although the Yankees sound like they’re not going to do what it takes to bring him back.
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