Report: Cubs Have Serious Interest in Joe Girardi

According to a report from Buster Olney, the Cubs have “serious interest” in hiring Joe Girardi to manage the team. Olney confirmed earlier reports that suggested as much, but according to his sources, “the Cubs ownership views Girardi as someone who can help jolt fan interest in the team.”

Girardi is under contract with the Yankees until October 31. The Cubs cannot formally speak with him, unless the Yankees grant the Cubs permission, before November 1. Girardi’s agent, Steve Mandell, is scheduled to meet with Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman on Wednesday to discuss Girardi’s future with New York. Cashman is expected to make an offer to keep Girardi at that meeting.

Buster Olney added the Cubs’ front office “has only begun its search for the next manager and isn’t locked into Girardi, or anyone else, as its primary option.” Olney did however state that the Cubs’ ownership wants Girardi “and intends to make him a serious contract offer, if given the chance.”

The Yankees are not expected to allow the Cubs to talk to Joe Girardi unless contract negotiations breakdown between him and the club.

Theo Epstein is on record saying he would like the new manager in place by the GM Meetings that start on November 11.

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  • CubbyDenCritic

    Cashman not letting Theo talk to Joe……
    Yankees are said to ask for a “prospect” just to let the Cubs talk to Girardi…….
    Girardi will be the highest paid manager in MLB when all is said and done…..and the Yankees will keep Joe.

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      I would give them Josh Vitters and / or Brett Jackson for the chance to talk to one of Jeters old girlfriends.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        They said “Prospects”….not “Failures”.

  • BosephHeyden

    I get that they want Hinch because he was the minor league guy when Justin Upton was coming up, but the only thing I need to see is that, when he was coaching the D-Backs, he had Upton and the D-Backs couldn’t win.

    • 07GreyDigger

      They also had no pitching. That makes it hard to win…

      • BosephHeyden

        All the more reason for him not to coach in Chicago: his pitching staff here would be about the same, except I’d take 2010 Ian Kennedy over 2013 Travis Wood (in fact, he’d have Edwin Jackson again).

        • cubtex

          Edwin Jackson? Somebody better try and hide that from Girardi…. That will kill the deal :)

  • cubtex

    Those who were scoffing at my comments about creating fan interest next year by hiring a new manager……..read Neil’s report above.

    • J Daniel

      It is definitely part of the equation … we know that. I posted the same the other day. But there is no way you could say it would be a bad hire regardless of the reason they would hire him. If it is for fan interest or not … it would be a MAJOR hire … just like Theo was.

      My guess is they will be introducing Joe as the next manager of the Cubs before long. Oh the Yankees may try to make it difficult but I think this one gets done … unless Joe wants to stay a Yankee.

      • cubtex

        you lost me at……just like Theo was.

        you lost me at……just like Theo was.

        • J Daniel

          LOL!!!! Come on Ray … they targeted him and got him. Tell me who would have been a better hire?

          • cubtex

            I am messing with you :)

          • J Daniel

            Good one!

          • Ripsnorter1

            Just a friendly reminder:

            You just watched the two losingest seasons ever by a Chicago Cubs team.

            NEWSFLASH: We will probably have to endure a record setting third season, in
            which the Cubs are again the worst Cubs’ team in history.

            And this makes Theo the best hire, right? : )

          • GaryLeeT

            Stop that. The F.O. is doing it the right way. I am sure of it, because everybody and their brother has said so. Just look at that idiot Dodger team for an example of doing it the wrong way. They thought they could buy themselves a winning season…….oh, wait.
            Kidding aside, we don’t know what Theo can really do with the Cubs, because he has never been given a major market payroll to work with.

          • cubtex

            Just took the dog out for a walk listening to the SCORE on tunein radio. Theo is getting questioned more and more these days. From the Edwin Jackson signing, Dale Sveum etc. If they lose 90 games next year the calls will be rampant for his head!

    • cc002600

      I agree that’s what they are thinking, but its short-sighted. The novelty wears off real quick with big splash acquisitions if you continue to lose. Do you really think people will be jacked up in July to go see Girardi if they are 25 games out ?

      It’s like I tell a couple of my friends about the Angels…..anyone think the Angel fans were still excited to see Pujols or Hamilton in August when they were out of race ? How are those big contracts looking now ? :-)

      winning cures all, not big splashes

      • cubtex

        I agree 100% with what you are saying.

      • J Daniel

        Agree 100% … but in this case he is an awfully good manager as well.

      • Tony_Hall

        Girardi kills 2 birds with one stone, best manager available (if he really is available) and a name that will spark interest in the Cubs.

      • GaryLeeT

        Like most years, season, and even single game tickets can, and will be bought in advance of the July sell-off.

    • GaryLeeT

      Who made those comments?

      • cubtex

        I got…..how ridiculous that point was. No one goes to a game to see a manager. Blah blah blah. The point was the change would add a little temporary excitement and would help draw some fans.

  • jtrain23

    I definitely think that anything the F.O. can do to “spark fan interest” would be a positive right now. I believe that Girardi would be able to do that because he is a former Cub who is known for a great work ethic and for getting the best out of players. He has also won on the grandest stage in New York.

    I believe it would be a great hire. It all depends on what Joe wants because it seems at this time that he is going to get whatever that is.

    Will Cashman be able to convince him that a winner will be in New York? I believe their roster as it currently stands is about 4 years PAST being able to contend and I don’t see how they can get much younger while being handcuffed by some of their huge contracts.

    On the other hand, can Theo convince him that the Cubs youth movement is on the way in and that these young guys will be good enough to carry the team? Also, will Girardi believe that Cubs ownership will actually step up and sign a big name free agent or two when the time is right. We keep hearing that they will, but Girardi will have to buy into it before he decides to come to Chicago.

    It should be quite interesting. At least it actually gives Cubs fans something significant to talk about in October.

    • paulcatanese

      True the Yankees are on the downward move with the present roster and the Cubs appear to be going the other way.
      That beside the point, even if the youngsters don’t pan out next year or the year after, the Yankees would be just starting to tear down.
      That’s a definite plus for Girardi to consider coming to the Cubs.
      One of musts for the Cubs is to insure that Girardi has a free hand to manage as he sees fit.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Girardi won’t, if Theo is honest when he says “We need to have a consistent message.”
        That means, when Joe Girardi opens his mouth, it must be Theo speaking.

        Garbage.

        He won’t come. What’s plan 2?

        • paulcatanese

          Actually, you are right. The manager for the Cubs or for any team in that manner is the GM or in this case Theo speaking.
          Here the manager for the Cubs is simply the “front man” nothing else, they have very little input or power. They cannot send players down or bring them up from the minors, or trade for players coming in or out, so what’s left?

  • PleaseStopLosing

    I have an idea to spark fan interest…..
    ready for this…?
    Brace yourselves…
    Theo and Jed haven’t even thought of trying this yet…
    WIN some baseball games and stop fielding a AA baseball team!!! That idea would really work. But, instead let’s bring in fans by overpaying for a dude to sit in the dugout and watch the talentless lineup loose 100 games a year.
    I think Theo got this idea from A League of Their Own–> Tom Hanks managing the Rockford Peaches to spark the fans interest by waving his little hat around…

    • cubtex

      That’s a good idea. I never thought of that one either. Maybe send Theo and Jed a letter with your thoughts. Here’s another idea…..
      How about giving the Cubs players new uniforms? Have them wear shorts(like the old White Sox uniforms) At least then the team would look so silly that their poor performance will go unnoticed.

      • paulcatanese

        Change of uniforms would be a definite
        move in the right direction.

        • cubtex

          hahaha. I did like the old Cub uniforms from the 60’s.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Are you kidding me?
        Uniforms will make a team win !
        How about just a kick in the a**!

        • cubtex

          they should also have a manicurist and pedicurist on staff to make sure the players have nice nails and toes. If they feel good about themselves…..they will play better. You know the saying……Dress for Success. Look good…..play good!

    • BleedCubbieBlue

      Theo or Jed must be site trolling and disliked your comment since you caught onto their stealing Mr. Harvey’s idea.

    • cc002600

      That was good !!

      and I totally agree with you
      I would love to see them get Girardi, but in the end, its the players that win the games, not the manager. Until we see the studs from the farm, the losing will continue…..I don’t care who the manager is.

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    Please tell me AJ Hinch is just a name not a serious candidate?

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Theo will have to realize that Girardi is an option that is not on the table for the Cubs……….
    As I said earlier this week…..they are many experience managers who want to stay away from this job…..they all saw what happen Lou, Dusty and Don and how the city turned on them.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I thought we turned on them because they ended up being crappy managers? I mean Dusty Baker destroyed the arms of two promising pitchers after all.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        if no post season by 2018, Cubs fans will turn on the new manager…and Theo & Jed.

        • 07GreyDigger

          Absolutely. The pitchforks and torches will be out!

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Don’t forget the tar & feathers!

        • BosephHeyden

          If it takes until 2018 for a postseason, then I’m really hoping that the fans will have turned on Theo and Jed a lot sooner than that.

          • cubtex

            I think the turning will start next year if they lose another 90 plus.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            I see 100 plus loses……full year without Soriano, Garza and no Gregg.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I believe Prior career changed with a collusion with a second baseman……
        and Woods just didn’t want to learn pitching mechanics……
        in the old days, guys like Marichal, Carlton, Seaver, Ryan and other true “Ace” pitchers adjusted……they listen and learned……..Woods did not want to learn…..plain and simple.

    • Tony_Hall

      Sometimes people are blind to when others have turned on them……..

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Just a thought…if the Indians win the World Series……the “pressure” starts to mount for Theo & Co.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Why the Indians?

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I believe they hold the second longest non winning World Series streak….

        • Eugene Debs

          Like there isn’t already pressure. The weight of 105 years is pretty heavy.

    • Bredstik

      Guess you don’t have to worry about that anymore…

  • Eugene Debs

    Here’s how to get some fan interest: Trade for David Price, sign Cano and Choo, call up Olt, Baez, and Hendricks. Re-sign Baker and Navarro. Choo in CF, Lake in LF, Sweeney/Olt in RF (ugh), Baez at 3B, Castro SS, Cano 2B, Rizzo IB, Castilo C. Shark, Jackson, Wood, Hendricks, Price.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Rays would want Baez & Soler for Price….
      Cano wants $300 million
      Choo wants $100 million…..
      and I think I am done with this reply.

      • Eugene Debs

        Cano will not get $300 million and Choo will not get $100 million. Of course, if they make more than $500,000 we’ll act like they “aren’t part of our fictional future filled with championships.”

        • Vivid_Reality

          Pence getting 90 million almost guarantees Choo getting 100 million.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Cub will know 36-48 hours if Girardi signs back with the Yankees………..look for Theo to make a strong pitch for Rays Joe Maddon.
    A “key” player will have to be given in the exchange.

  • cc002600

    FWIW

    Kaplan just said on his show that he has learned that the cubs will not be out-bid for Girardi. They will do whatever it takes, financially.

    • DWalker

      Girardi will have a deal in place before the Cubs are even able to talk to him.

      • SirGladiator

        The Cubs are, and have been, able to talk to him for quite some time. I wouldn’t be surprised if they already had a Gentleman’s Agreement before Theo fired Dale. The whole ‘permission to speak to Girardi’ is a formality, it’s meaningless. It’s easy enough to pass along information informally, for example, Theo tells someone who knows Girardi, Girardi hears it and replies to that guy, who tells Theo’s guy, who tells Theo, etc. The fact that Cashman is denying permission just means he knows Girardi is gone, and is hoping to get Theo to give him one of our minor leaguers in return for Girardi getting here a month sooner than he otherwise will. It seems almost certain now that Girardi will be coming to Chicago, it’s an exciting time indeed!