The Yankees announced on Wednesday afternoon that Joe Girardi agreed to a four-year, $16 million contract to return as manager of the Yankees. The Cubs were reportedly waiting on Girardi to make a decision on returning to the Bronx or exploring opportunities with the Cubs before moving into a different direction with their managerial search.
The Cubs will now shift gears and move onto other candidates.
The Cubs interviewed A.J. Hinch last week and spoke with Manny Acta for seven hours on Monday. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Randy Bush are expected to meet with Rick Renteria this week while they are in Arizona.
Expect the managerial search to expand to include other candidates outside of Hinch, Acta and Renteria.
Theo Epstein is on record saying he would like the Cubs’ new manager in place on or before November 11.
The Girardi Watch is over … stay tuned for updates on the Cubs Skipper Search.