The Cubs fired Dale Sveum on Monday and ownership will offer the 48-year-old Girardi, who is from the Chicago area, a significant contract offer if given the chance. Hiring Girardi will be an attempt by ownership to draw fan interest and to also provide a much-needed jolt in the players. Unfortunately for the Cubs, the Yankees also want their manager back. Yankees GM Brian Cashman made it clear the team wants Girardi back.
“I think [Girardi] likes it here. We’re going to give him a real good reason to stay.”
Girardi led the Yankees to an 85-77 record despite various injuries that plagued the team and also the Alex Rodriguez distraction. The Cubs feel he is just the manager they have been searching for and the right person to lead a rebuilding team hungry to return to a contending ball club.
Joe Girardi is currently under contract with the Yankees until Oct. 31 and would have to give the Cubs permission to speak with him, which they are hesitant of because it would give Girardi more leverage in a contract negotiation with the Yankees.
The Cubs interest can also force the Yankees hand, as it would lead them into offering Girardi a raise to keep him in New York and possibly end the contract discussions quickly. The decision of course will lie in the hands of Girardi who could possibly decline both teams and go into broadcasting.
This could provide some interesting drama between the Cubs and Yankees, whatever the situation he ends up, Girardi hopes to have it cleared up as soon as possible.