Kick up your feet, grab a cold drink and relax everyone. This Joe Girardi thing could take awhile.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the New York Yankees have not given Girardi a deadline to respond to their recent “substantial” contract offer, rumored to be a three year deal worth $14 or $15 million.
Cubs fans and writers alike clung to Twitter on Monday, in anticipation of some type of news out of the Girardi camp, but as of Monday evening, no news had broken concerning the Yankees skipper.
Heyman says that this waiting game could continue for the foreseeable future, at least until Girardi’s contract expires at the end of October
It could potentially be a wait of some significance. The Yankees have not given Girardi permission to talk to other teams, sources say, and there may be nothing to compel them to do so anytime before his current contract expires Nov. 1.
The Yankees, coming off a disappointing season in terms of Big Apple standards, with an 85-77 record with a season full of injuries and scandals that often distracted from the product on the field. With an aging roster that seemed incapable of persisting through the 162-game regular season marathon, Girardi milked every last ounce of productivity, earning praise from across the game.
In Chicago, where the odds of landing Girardi have and continue to be considered a “long shot” according to reports, other candidates are being interviewed by the front office tandem of Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein. A.J. Hinch met with the duo last week to discuss the opening and several reports today stated that former Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta was in town for the job, as well.
In recent days, Girardi’s name has been linked to a potential opening with the Los Angeles Dodgers, due to the fact the organization has not acted on current skipper Don Mattingly‘s contract, but no official reports have linked the two camps. It was earlier reported that Girardi has no interest in the Washington Nationals job or the opening in Cincinnati following the firing of Dusty Baker.