Yankees may be running out of patience with Girardi
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter October 8, 2013 9:10PM
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi watches the scoreboard from the dugout as the Yankees play the Houston Astros during a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Houston. The Yankees won the game 5-1 in 14 innings. (AP Photo/Richard Carson)
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How long of a wait is Joe Girardi worth?
The Yankees’ manager has at least two franchises in the second week of a holding pattern for his services, and neither is content to sit around while he deliberates on a family-driven decision he knew was coming for months.
The Cubs have interviewed two potential candidates (A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta) in the last five days and have a third (Rick Renteria) on tap.
Even the Yankees might not be as patient as reports earlier this week suggested.
While general manager Brian Cashman reportedly told Girardi to take as much time as he needed to decide whether to accept the multiyear extension he was offered Friday, Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner on Tuesday seemed less generous with the club’s time.
During several interviews Tuesday in New York, George Steinbrenner’s son said he’s eager to finish business with his sixth-year manager.
“We both understand we deserve to get this done quickly,” Steinbrenner told ESPN radio, praising the job Girardi did during an injury-ravaged 2013 season but adding: “I don’t think anybody is a must-sign, and I would say that about any employee at any level. We made him what we consider a very, very fair offer. He’s got things to consider and a family to talk to, and I know he’s doing that right now.”
Some sources believe a decision could come by Wednesday. But others thought Girardi would have made it by Tuesday morning. The Cubs have not been given permission by the Yankees to contact Girardi formally and had not heard Tuesday of any update on his status with the Yankees.
The Yankees are said to have at least three years at between $4 million and $5 million per year on the table for Girardi. The Cubs are willing to go higher, according to sources.
Steinbrenner told the New York Post that he won’t engage in a bidding war if another club is willing to offer more. “I am not going to follow the speeding car,” he said.
The Yankees already have told Girardi he risks losing their offer if he chooses to shop it to other teams.
NOTE: The Cubs signed outfielder Ryan Sweeney to a two-year, $3.5 million deal that includes a $2.5 million club option for a third year.