Report: Girardi Receives Offer from Yankees

According to a report from Jon Heyman, Brian Cashman met with Joe Girardi and his agent, Steve Mandell, on Wednesday as expected. Heyman reported that the Yankees made Girardi an offer and then received “some parameters” from Girardi for a possible return. The two sides agreed to meet again on Thursday after Girardi’s camp made a counteroffer.

Heyman reported that while contract negotiations are “never a sure thing,” all things seem positive and most around the game would be surprised if Girardi left the Yankees. Heyman cautioned that “doesn’t mean there’s no chance Girardi leaves, and if Thursday’s meeting doesn’t go well, the chances for him to stay” with the Yankees “could obviously lessen.” Heyman did point out “all sides seem positive” that Girardi will return to the Yankees, so far.

David Kaplan reported during his show (720 WGN) on Wednesday night that he is being told money will be no object for the Cubs in their pursuit of Joe Girardi and they will not be outbid by the Yankees. The Cubs feel that Girardi is the right guy for the job and they are willing to pay whatever it would take, if they are given a chance, to have him manage the team.

As for other possible managerial candidates, if the Cubs are unable to pry Joe Girardi away from the Yankees, Jerry Crasnick confirmed earlier reports and information obtained by this site that Brad Ausmus is not expected to be in the mix for the Cubs’ job.

As for A.J. Hinch, the Cubs have spoken with the Padres about Hinch but have not formally asked for permission to interview him.

The Cubs are thought to be interested in speaking with Sandy Alomar Jr. again. Alomar Jr. was a finalist for the Cubs’ job before they decided on Dale Sveum nearly two years ago. Alomar Jr. is currently Terry Francona’s bench coach in Cleveland.

The Rangers will be making at least two changes to Ron Washington’s coaching staff. Texas did not renew the contracts of Dave Anderson and Jackie Moore, but the rest of Washington’s staff is expected to return, including Mike Maddux.

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  • cubtex

    If the Cubs lose out on Girardi. They better take their time and hire a guy with a proven track record at the major league level. AJ Hinch would be a PR disaster. It will magnify and have fans question the Theo “plan” even more than they are starting to presently.

    • TheWrongGuy

      I believe the same and agree with you Ray. Yet also would like to add… If they lose out on Girardi I believe AJ Hinch/Alomar Jr would be stop-gap replacements in holding for their target manager. I would watch the length of contracts. If they miss out on Girardi.

      • cubtex

        I just think an AJ Hinch hire would be a PR disaster for Theo.

        • TheWrongGuy

          I agree but I believe he will be an improvement on what we have watched for the last 2 years. Hinch wouldn’t be the position he is and not know how the game is played or to know how to manage well. Not to mention know something of player development. As our prospects move up someone has to guide them on the right track… Dale wasn’t getting that number one JOB he was assigned done. Which we both agree on.

    • Tony_Hall

      What do you have against AJ Hinch?

      Played 7 season at the major league level as a back up catcher.

      After the 2005 season, Hinch was hired by the Arizona Diamondbacks as their manager of minor league operations. Even while playing, he was planning his post-playing career. He went so far as to go to the 2003 General Manager’s winter meetings to look for future job opportunites and contacts. In July 2006, Baseball America named him one of baseball’s “10 to watch” in the next 10 years for his promise as a Farm Director and future General Manager. In August 2006, the Diamondbacks named Hinch director of player development.

      Hinch was named manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 8, 2009, replacing Bob Melvin, even though he had never managed or coached a team at any level. Hinch, at age 34 years and 357 days, became the youngest person to be named manager of a Major League team since Eric Wedge (34 years, 275 days).

      Hinch was hired by the San Diego Padres as vice president of professional scouting on September 21, 2010

      He is still only 39 years old and has the resume of someone we should talk to, if Girardi is not coming to Chicago.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Your post is well researched, Mr. Hall. Thank you.

        Hinch didn’t last long as a manager, did he? Not only was he the youngest hire
        since another recently fired manager, Mr. Wedge–but his term as manager lasted
        only from May, 2009 to July, 2010. Sounds like the Diamondbacks just loved his work,
        doesn’t it? He had a 89-123 record as a manager. That .420 winning percentage is
        the second lowest in Diamondback history.

        The Cubs have a history of hiring losing managers: Riggleman–the losingest manager in
        the history of the world when he got hired. (Thanks, Ed Lynch! BTW, Ed Lynch then promptly
        traded for a pitcher who was working on the longest losing streak in MLB history: Mr. Anthony Young.
        Young didn’t disappoint: 0-27. He “earned” the record! Yup folks,
        “Bro. Ed” came through for us bigtime. And for an encore,
        Mr. Young made 27 straight starts without a win. AND…AND…here’s the kicker: Theo goes a trades for
        a pitcher working on a long losing streak as well: Mr. Chris Volstad. Unfortunately, Mr. Volstad
        did not break the record…..And some wonder why I moan at Theo’s deals. It should be no mystery).

        No Tony, let’s not do Mr. Hinch.

        • Tony_Hall

          AJ was too young for the job at the time. He may still be too young. But to think he has no future as a manager (or FO) because of failed managerial time when he was 34 is extremely short sighted.

          People wonder why you judge on the bad deals and not on the good ones. Teams don’t keep the bad ones around for long, but build a team around the good ones.

          • Ripsnorter1

            I believe in 2nd chances…but not for this hire at this time.
            We desperately need a real MLB manager, similar to Tony LaRussa or Maddon, ie
            someone who knows how to milk every last drop from a player, as Maddon did
            James Looney. Who knows how to put his people in situations so that they can
            succeed–like LaRussa.

            I view Mr. Hinch as similar in skills and quality to Mr. Sveum.

          • Tony_Hall

            Joe Maddon managerial record prior to Tampa.

            1996 California Angels 8-14
            1999 Anaheim Angels 19-10

            The Angels didn’t think enough of him to make him their manager.

            With Tampa he lost 197 games in his 1st 2 years, some in Chicago would want him gone.

            The next Maddon won’t be a guy that is a household name.

            With that said, I believe Girardi is by far the best choice and is the Cubs clear cut #1 choice. AJ is on their short list (not sure it is all that short at this point).

            Have you ever even heard AJ speak, to be able to determine his abilities.?

            I want Girardi and at this point still believe it is going to happen. If not, I know that this front office will have an extensive list of candidates they will sort through to determine who to interview.

          • cubtex

            You hit it on the head. This team needs a PR hire. A proven name with a proven track record. A Hinch hire is another Sveum hire. Joe Fan……hey Bud… Did you hear who the Cubs hired to manage? No… Who….. AJ Hinch. Who? O those idiots don’t know what they are doing. Cubs suck. I am not going to any games until those clowns in FO start adding mlb talent and proven leaders! You will hear many conversations just like that if they hire AJ Hinch. Lol

          • Tony_Hall

            So if they can’t get Joe, you want them to hire someone who they feel is not the best manager, but the best PR move to appease fans and get them to buy tickets.

            No thanks. Hire the best manager they can get.

          • cubtex

            If they do hire a no name. Tie a rope around Theo’s neck. Tighten knot. The lynch mob is a comin!!! Lol. Another 90 loss team led by a no name manager? Somewhere in NY you can hear loud laughter coming from the Hendry house.

          • Tony_Hall

            You may be right, but I expect by mid-season that the calvary will be coming headed by Lt Baez and Sgt Bryant!

          • cubtex

            I am not saying it is right…but the Cubs just had the worst 2 year winning % in HISTORY. They will be bad again next year. Need a name hire just like any business who relies on shares of stock sold or people to buy tickets to support your product.
            You know as well as me….To think that Baez,Bryant,Soler,Almora,Villanueva/Olt nand others will all be brought up and succeed at the same time is fairy tale material. I don’t see any way how this team can be competitive till 2016 with this current plan in place. Will Theo last till then or get another contract after leading one of the worst loss records in a 5 year span in club history? Time will tell?

          • 07GreyDigger

            Than the team’s fans are stupid. I want the right guy for the job, if he’s a name great. If not, I don’t want a name for the sake of having one. A name means nothing. It’s your ability that counts.

          • cubtex

            Do you think the majority of the fans who attend baseball games during the year follow the team as closely as people on here? Attendance is plummeting faster than Darwin Barney’s batting average did this year. You gotta make PR moves when you have a crappy product.

          • 07GreyDigger

            I know the economics of it, it just aggravates me sometimes. Aren’t I allowed to be frustrated? Sheesh.

          • cubtex

            of course you are. we all are frustrated. I just think it will be suicide for Theo if he hires a Hinch or Ausmus.

          • 07GreyDigger

            But if he can’t hire Girardi, he doesn’t really have a choice. Regardless of how angry the fan base gets, they’ll still fill the stadium more than across town based on tourism alone. :)

          • cubtex

            Let’s see how long they hold onto Edwin Jackson then . Lol.

          • Tony_Hall

            Not likely to be all 4 years.

  • RynoTiger

    considering how consistently the Cardinals produce minor league players that have success at the major league level, it surprises me that I rarely hear anything about their minor leagues managers and coaches being considered for MLB managerial vacancies. I would certainly look to their system to for possible candidates.
    another option would be the Cubs minor league managers who have been helping to develop the upcoming talent the Cubs have.

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  • Tony_Hall

    I believe there is zero chance that Joe Maddon would be coming to the Cubs, but here is a great article on him.

    Of course Cub fans might not like him at the time of this interview, he had done 128 different lineups in 141 games….pure genius at work!

    • Ripsnorter1

      The thing I like about Maddon is…in all of those 128 different lineups, he
      didn’t have Anthony Rizzo batting third.

      • Tony_Hall

        James Loney batted 3rd last night and DeJesus at leadoff.

        Last year he batted 249/293/336

        This year 299/348/430

      • cubtex


  • Ripsnorter1

    BTW, A.J. Hinch is purported to be on the Cubs’ short list….says who?

    Len Casper, 670 the Score, 2 Oct 2013

    MLB. com….here’s the link”

    CBS sports

    Fox sports

    “Cubs asked Padres about Hinch”

  • Ripsnorter1

    Lowest BA for a starting 2B in all of MLB history (500 PA min)….

    Dan Uggla….176 BA….2013

    Bill Hallman…..185 BA….1901

    Aaron Hill…….205 BA……2005

    Lou Bierbauer…206 BA….1981

    Pop Smith……206 BA…1888

    For 2013 Darwin Barney hit just .208.

    • Tony_Hall

      Didn’t you want Uggla when the Marlins were wanting to trade him? I am pretty sure you were and wanted his Power at 2B.

      I was and continue to be against Uggla.

      Barney will be in a utility role at some point in the next year. He should finish most games on the field playing defense.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I want a power bat everywhere I can get it.

        Uggla is injured. Eye injury. Very serious, probably career ending.

        • 07GreyDigger

          Maybe that explains the low BA?