Cubs Continue to Wait as Joe Girardi Mulls Options

The Girardi Watch enters day nine as both the Yankees and the Cubs continue to wait on Joe Girardi to make a decision on whether or not he will stay in New York.

According to the Sun-Times, the Cubs were expecting to know by Tuesday if they would have a chance to formally speak with Girardi or not. Girardi is reportedly torn about staying with the Yankees or leaving the Bronx for the Cubs. The Sun-Times said that Girardi “wants to formally explore” the Cubs’ job.

Hal Steinbrenner spoke with the New York media on Tuesday and said the Yankees need to hear from Girardi “fairly quickly” on whether or not he will accept their offer to return. The Yankees are very happy with the job that Girardi has done, but Steinbrenner “accentuated a decision is needed relatively quickly because of all the work the team as in front of it this offseason.” The Yankees would like an answer from Girardi before their organizational meetings begin next week in Tampa.

According to Jon Heyman, the Cubs “intend to see how the Girardi situation plays out before extending an offer to anyone else.” But Heyman’s sources indicated the Cubs “higher-ups don’t necessarily see themselves as favorites to land the Yankees’ manager, they apparently see little downside to waiting on Girardi.”

The Sun-Times’ sources indicated a decision could come from Joe Girardi on Wednesday.

Manny Acta

The Cubs reportedly met with Manny Acta for seven hours on Monday and the former Nationals and Indians manager is intrigued by the opportunity he could have the Cubs.

The Cubs are interviewing other managerial candidates in the event Joe Girardi stays in the Bronx. The Cubs reportedly interviewed A.J. Hinch last week and are expected to talk with Padres’ bench coach Rick Renteria in the very near future.

Manny Acta could fill the void in the Cubs’ dugout with communication with the Latin players currently on the Cubs’ roster, as well as ones coming up through the system. While Acta reportedly spoke with Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Randy Bush about the manager’s job, the Cubs could be looking at him for one of the coaching positions that opened last week as well.

According to a report from Comcast SportsNet, Acta and the Cubs’ front office “got to know each other and exchanged philosophies on Monday.” Acta said the Cubs’ job is “an attractive opportunity due to the track record of the front office, the talent coming through their system and of course the great city of Chicago.”

Manny Acta told the Tribune that he is “sure they have more people to talk to … so we’ll just let the process play out.”

According to Nick Cafardo’s sources, Manny Acta had a very good interview with the Cubs.

A List of Skippers

The Cubs are expected to expand their list of managerial candidates once they know Joe Girardi has decided to stay in New York. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are believed to have interviewed A.J. Hinch last week and there are other names, beyond Manny Acta and Rick Renteria, that he Cubs’ have been connected to over the last week.

Sandy Alomar Jr. appears to still be on the Cubs’ radar, despite the reports on Monday that indicated otherwise. Former Cub and current Rays’ bench coach, Dave Martinez is thought to be on the list of possibilities and is viewed as an “intriguing candidate” by the Cubs’ front office according to a report from Jon Heyman.

Depending on the report the Maddux brothers are either interested in the Cubs’ job or they are not. Mike Maddux interviewed for the job two years ago and may get a second look while Greg Maddux has not publicly stated whether he is ready to spend the time necessary to be a big league coach, much less a manager.

Tony Pena is also thought to be on the Cubs’ list. Pena was first mentioned by the Tribune as a possibility and was brought up again by ESPN Deportes on Tuesday.

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