Report: Yankees offer Joe Girardi a multiyear contract
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org October 4, 2013 9:31PM
The Yankees reportedly made an offer of $4 to $5 million in an attempt to keep manager Joe Girardi.
The waiting game surrounding Joe Girardi continued into the weekend for the Cubs after the New York Yankees reportedly offered their manager a “very generous” offer to remain with the team.
The New York Daily News said it is believed that offer is for a multiyear contract worth between $4 million and $5 million.
Many within the Cubs’ organization remain optimistic they will get a chance to lure their top candidate to the North Side, industry sources said on Friday.
The Cubs have not been granted permission by the Yankees to interview Girardi, whose three-year, $9 million contract expires at the end of the month.
The Washington Nationals also reportedly asked permission to speak with Girardi, but sources close to the Nationals’ thinking do not believe Girardi is a priority target for the team.
Girardi, a Peoria native and former Cubs first-round pick out of Northwestern, has deep local ties. His wife is from the north suburbs and still has family there.
He was an ownership favorite for the Cubs’ managerial job two of the last three times it was open, but then-general manager Jim Hendry hired Lou Piniella and later Mike Quade instead.
The Cubs are prepared to offer a contract similar to the one described by the Daily News, according to sources.
Sources close to the Cubs and others close to Girardi told the Sun-Times in the last week that the sides have expressed mutual interest through back channels in recent weeks.
Team president Theo Epstein has spent the week putting together a list of candidates as a backup plan in case Girardi accepts the Yankees’ offer, with Sandy Alomar Jr., A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta among the confirmed names of interest.
Despite loose reports and speculation involving Mike Maddux, his brother Greg, and former big-league catcher Brad Ausmus, none of those are considered potential candidates by the Cubs, according to those close to the process.