The most coveted free agent in baseball this offseason might not even be somebody who plays on the field.
New York Yankees skipper Joe Girardi has had his name linked to a handful of franchises, though, up until now, none had publicly taken any steps in bringing him aboard.
That was until the Washington Nationals allegedly requested permission to speak with him.
Per David Kaplan:
**Girardi Update** I have learned that Washington Nationals have requested permission to interview Joe Girardi. Reds may be calling shortly.
Despite Girardi being a ‘free agent’, he’s technically still under contract with the New York Yankees until October 31st. That means any team interested in hiring the highly coveted manager would need to request permission from the Yankees to do so – at least until his contract runs out.
There’s been no word if the Yankees actually plan to allow him to speak to other teams, though, considering their desire to bring him back that seems relatively unlikely. They know they have the month of October to get a deal done and if they’re unable to agree on terms, he’ll hit the open market.