ESPN is reporting that the New York Yankees have offered Joe Girardi a contract and are awaiting word whether or not he will accept their offer. The offer is expected to include a ‘significant’ raise. The Yankees have reportedly been approached by numerous teams regarding permission to speak to Girardi. New York would have to allow any meetings that would take place since Girardi is currently under contract through the end of October.
On Tuesday, ESPNNewYork.com reported the Yankees would be hesitant to allow Girardi to speak to any other teams about a managerial job. Since Girardi’s current contract runs through the end of October, they have the right to veto any official discussions with other clubs.
Brian Cashman is thought to be pursuing Girardi quite heavily to try to get a deal done before his contract expires.
“We are going to give him a real good reason to stay,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said during a news conference Tuesday.
Girardi has already proven that he is a winner. He won the manager of the year with the Marlins in 2006. He won 3 World Series’ as a player for the Yankees and went on to win the World Series as a manager in 2009. The Yankees are in a bit of a precarious position. They are very old in spots and have a very difficult salary cap to negotiate. Even with all of those hurdles I believe that Girardi likes it in New York. I think he will be staying there and expect him to sign a contract in the 4 year, 17 million dollar range.