Joe Girardi sticks with Yankees, family
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter October 9, 2013 2:07PM
Manager Joe Girardi has re-signed with the New York Yankees for four more years, ending speculation that he might come to the Cubs.
Updated: October 9, 2013 4:05PM
The Joe Girardi waiting game is over.
The New York Yankees manager decided against pursuing the Cubs’ opening and accepted the Yankees offer to stay in New York, ending a nearly weeklong deliberation with his family.
The Yankees announced Wednesday that they’ve signed Girardi to a four-year extension, believed to be worth between $4 million and $5 million per year.
“After talking with my family we decided this was where we wanted to come back,” Girardi said during a media conference call.
The Cubs’ top choice to replace Dale Sveum has managed the Yankees the last six seasons, with four playoff appearances, including the 2009 World Series championship. He navigated an injury-ravaged season that also included the distractions of Mariano Rivera’s retirement tour and Alex Rodriguez controversy to 85 wins.
“It’s a special place to manage because of the opportunity you have every year and the tools they give you,” Girardi said of the Yankees, possibly making a back-handed comparison to the Cubs.
He added: “I wouldn’t have come back if I didn’t think we could win a championship.”
The Cubs already are well into their Plan B process, having interviewed former Arizona manager A.J. Hinch and former Cleveland and Washington manager Manny Acta. They also have plans to interview San Diego bench coach Rick Renteria.
Team president Theo Epstein said last week he hopes to conclude the hiring process by the start of baseball’s general manager meetings about a month from now.