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.
Stay tuned for updates from The Girardi Watch …