Joe Girardi isn’t going to Chicago, or anywhere else for that matter.
The Yankees and Girardi have come to an agreement on a 4-year contract worth $16 million dollars, according to reports, making Girardi the 2nd highest paid manager in baseball behind Mike Scioscia.
“After talking to my family, this is where we anted to come back. It’s a special place to manage because of the opportunity you have every year and the tools that they give you,” Girardi said after re-upping with the Yankees.
Many considered this past season one of Girardi’s finest performances a team riddled with injuries almost all the way to the playoffs before ultimately falling short.
Since hiring Girardi for the first time following the 2007 season, the Yankees are 564-408, the best in baseball in that span.
After the Cubs fired manager Dale Svuem last week, speculation loomed that Girardi was going to end up managing his hometown Cubs, especially since the future of the Yankees is as uncertain as its been since the early 1990s.
There isn’t much of a farm system to speak of, the Yankees have to replace Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda, and Phil Hughes in the rotation, and there’s no guarantee Robinson Cano returns to the team.
Derek Jeter will turn 40 in June of next season, and there’s a chance Alex Rodriguez is suspended for all of next season. Despite that, Girardi said he has faith in the organization to put the team in a position to win another World Series.
The Yankees last won it all in 2009, and have missed the playoffs twice in Girardi’s 6-years as manager.