New York Yankees Make Offer To Joe Girardi; More On Alex Rodriguez
According to multiple media reports, the New York Yankees have made pending free-agent manager Joe Girardi an offer on a contract to keep the highly sought after manager in the Bronx, and now the team is waiting on Girardi’s decision.
The details of the offer are unknown for now, but we do know that it will likely be a significant increase over the current amount he’s making. Currently Girardi is finishing up a three-year, $9 million deal that is set to expire at the end of this month.
Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News says that a source close to the negations, has said the Yankees have made a “very generous” offer to Girardi, and Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York has said that the contract would be an increase over his current contract, but certainly not at the level of the $7 million Joe Torre was once making while with the Bronx Bombers.
The parameters of the deal are, however, expected to be in the $4-$5 million range, and it would make him the second highest-paid manager in the majors, behind only Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels, who signed a 10-year, $50 million contract in January of 2009.
The Chicago Cubs seem to be the only threat to the Yankees — reports have circulated that Girardi has no interest in managing the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds, who just fired their manager, Dusty Baker — and the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Cubs are poised to make Girardi an offer that would make him the highest-paid manager in the game.
Although the Cubs, like every other team, currently don’t have permission from the Yankees to speak with Girardi about any possible contracts, it doesn’t seem that New York is going to grant permission to any team in the near future, unless talks with Girardi don’t progress.
More news on Alex Rodriguez:
Currently battling the appeal process with Major League Baseball, A-Rod announced today that he has filed a lawsuit against the league for a handful of reason, and now the embattle superstar is taking legal actions against the team is fighting to play for.
Friday afternoon, A-Rod announced that his legal team would file a lawsuit against Yankees team Doctor Chris Ahmad, and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, alleging malpractice for misdiagnosing his left hip injury during the 2012 playoffs last October. A-Rod and his lawyers believe that Dr. Ahmad failed to tell him about an MRI showing his hip injury, and they’re seeking damages.
The lawsuit states “after performing, understanding and analyzing the MRI, had diagnosed Plaintiff as suffering from a superior labral tear at the left hip; and without informing the plaintiff of the diagnosis, knowingly cleared the Plaintiff to resume playing as a third baseman for the New York Yankees during the  season playoffs, thus allowing the Plaintiff to further injure himself and the necessity for additional surgeries.”
“A-Rod sustained great pain, agony, injury, suffering disability, hospitalization, as well as mental anguish and emotional distress,” Alan Ripka, Rodriguez’s lawyer for the case, said. “I don’t care what he did with the results, even if he gave them to the Yankees, [Dr. Ahmad] had to tell Alex about them.”
Rodriguez is in the process of appealing a 211-game suspension that was handed down by MLB back on August 5th, but because of his appeal, A-Rod was able to join the Yankees off of the DL and play with the team for the remainder of the season, hitting .244 with seven homeruns and 19 RBIs in 44 games.
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