Yankees Pushing to Re-Sign Girardi, A.J. Hinch on Cubs List?

From all indications the Cubs are interested in hiring Joe Girardi, but the Yankees have no plans to let him just walk away. Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman spoke with the New York media on Tuesday and among the topics that was discussed was the future of Joe Girardi.

Brian Cashman met with Girardi on Monday over coffee to talk about a new contract and is scheduled to meet with his agent, Steve Mandell, on Wednesday. Joel Sherman reported that Mandell will likely listen to what Cashman has to say then shop the deal to the Cubs and Nationals.

Cashman said on Tuesday that he feels Girardi likes it in New York and the Yankees “are going to give him a good reason to stay.” Sherman thinks Girardi could receive a bump in pay from the $3 million he made this past season “toward the $5 million” that Mike Scioscia receives annually and Sherman does not think it would be out of the question that the Yankees offer a contract in the range of three years at $12 million to $16 million. Sherman reported that he does not think Cashman will haggle with Girardi and would like a deal done quickly. Cashman mentioned on Tuesday that he will have a better idea where the Yankees stand with Girardi after he meets with his agent on Wednesday.

Brian Cashman also said on Tuesday that if Joe Girardi is back with the Yankees he would like the entire coaching staff to return. Kevin Long, the Yankees’ hitting coach, is thought to be a possibility to assume the same duties with the Cubs.

According to a report from Andrew Marchand, the Yankees are unlikely to give Girardi permission to talk with the Cubs unless negotiations breakdown between the Yankees and Girardi’s agent.

Paul Sullivan brought up a quote that Joe Girardi made about the Cubs when the Yankees made their annual trip to the South Side in August. Girardi admitted he “still follows the Cubs from afar and likes what he has seen of the rebuild.” Girardi said, “I see them developing players. I hear people talking about the players in the minor leagues, and that’s all part of it. It can be frustrating at times, but it seems like they’ve got some pretty good young players and they’re making progress.”

And while the focus has been on Girardi either staying with the Yankees or signing on with the Cubs, there are two other possibilities for him. The Nationals are thought to be very interested in Girardi and FOX would like for him to replace Tim McCarver in their booth.

A.J. Hinch

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, one name to keep in mind for the Cubs’ managerial opening is A.J. Hinch. Hinch is currently the Padres’ assistant general manager but did call the shots in Arizona over parts of two seasons. Kirk Gibson replaced Hinch as skipper of the D-Backs in 2010.

Jed Hoyer hired A.J. Hinch in 2010 and gave him the title of Vice President, Professional Scouting. Hinch has a lot of experience developing young players. Hinch was Arizona’s director of player development before being promoted to Vice President of Player Development in 2009.

Rosenthal did not indicate how interested the Cubs may or may not be in Hinch, but did say that he is a more viable candidate than Brad Ausmus.

Jon Heyman confirmed the Cubs’ interest in A.J. Hinch and reported the Cubs are preparing to contact the Padres to receive permission to speak with Hinch about the job.

Mike Maddux

The Cubs could revisit bringing in Mike Maddux to manage the team. Maddux’s name has resurfaced as a possibility this time around. Many thought that Maddux was the favorite to land the Cubs’ job before he backed out to stay in Texas.

Something to keep in mind … if Mike Maddux is interested in the Cubs job this time around, could he bring another Maddux along with him?

According to the Sun-Times, Mike Maddux recently said that if the door opened to another possibility of him managing a team he would welcome the opportunity.

Theo Epstein said on Monday that the Cubs’ managerial search will not be as public as the first time around. The Cubs do not have any plans to parade the candidates in front of the media for the mock interview session as they did two years ago.

Epstein said the front office knows exactly what they are looking for, and he thinks they will find it. The Cubs’ new manager is expected to be in place before the General Managers meeting on November 11.

Derek Johnson

Theo Epstein said on Monday that the fate of Dale Sveum’s coaching “will be in the hands of the next manager.” The Tribune reported that Epstein and the front office will make recommendations on which coaches the new manager should think about keeping.

The front office is believed to think highly of the job Chris Bosio did with the pitching staff and while he should receive a vote of confidence from Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, Derek Johnson could as well according to a report from the Tribune.

The Cubs hired Derek Johnson away from Vanderbilt last winter to be the organization’s minor league pitching coordinator. Johnson was considered one of the best pitching coaches in college baseball at the time.

And, last but not least. When asked about hiring a manager with a Cubs’ connection, Theo Epstein said, “I think candidates who have Cubs experience in their backgrounds will have a built-in advantage of knowing some of the idiosyncrasies of the marketplace and the franchise, and may be better equipped in that one area, to deal with the gauntlet that, at times can be managing the Cubs. So, yeah I think that helps. Is it a prerequisite, or does it mean that candidates can’t be prepared who haven’t been through here? No, but it’s a bit more of an adjustment period, as I’ve discovered when you come from the outside.

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  • TrevorPetersma

    With all of the young talent, this really could be one of the most critical hires the Cubs have had in a while. I’m excited to see how it plays out.

  • paulcatanese

    If I were Girardi (and I’m Not), I would choose the Fox job. The pressure cooker in New York takes it’s toll on all sooner or later. The Yankees are on the way down now. Not a good situation.
    And coming to the Cubs would not be much easier, too many things at once and too short a time to do it in, along with fans that may have little patience no matter who is at the helm.

    • Tony_Hall

      If I was Girardi, I would ask for a 5 year $25M contract with a $10M bonus for winning a World Series. If they don’t walk away from the table, you know they will do whatever it takes to sign him.

      The Fox job would be a 1 year thing, maybe 2. At this point in his career, I just don’t see that happening.

      • Bryan

        I would agree. Make an offer that Girardi just can’t refuse, and finally get the manager we should have had a decade ago. Whatever they pay Joe, Ricketts will make it back by getting butts back into seats. I hope the FO doesn’t lose this opportunity, for a third time.

        • Dorasaga

          That’s perhaps what Tommy “Debtor” Ricketts had in mind when he secretly instructed Jed & Theo to fire Swammy. We need the dough. Let’s hire a name.

      • paulcatanese

        Agree as far as the money. 3Mil now, is that what he’s getting? If managers are supposed to be important and take the heat when teams lose and praise when they win, they should be entitled to more than they are getting paid, especially Girardi.
        That was part of my point Tony, it has to be frustrating for a manager sitting in the dugout watching some overpaid underachieving idiots out on the field making ten times or more than he is.
        Whatever the reason Sveum got fired for in the FO reasoning it was justified, and I would agree, Sveum just did not get it done, period.
        The reverse is true with Girardi, it’s apparent he knows what he’s doing,
        and should have the role of manager by the tail.
        I guess I’m too old, I think everyone should take the most restful, enjoyable position they can get.

  • Sir Gladiator

    It doesn’t matter if Cashman doesn’t give permission for Theo to talk to Girardi, quite frankly it would just show him to be a man of little to no class. The point of ‘talking’ to Girardi would be to tell him that the Cubs want him as their manager, but Girardi already knows that, the whole world already knows that, because there’s something called ‘reporters’. By stopping Theo from having a face to face meeting with Girardi, which is merely a formality, Cashman accomplishes nothing, and merely shows the world his poor personal character, as well as his fear. He clearly fears that Girardi is going to come back home to Chicago, and is grasping at straws to prevent it. Stopping Theo and Joe from having a face to face meeting isn’t going to prevent it, nothing he can say or do will prevent it. The decision is up to Joe, and Cashman is actually helping us if indeed he refuses to let Theo talk to Joe, as that will be an insult to Joe, making him that much more likely to leave NY and come here. Come home Joe!

  • triple

    I can’t see Cashman denying the Cubs and Nats the opportunity to talk with Girardi. Maybe if Girardi or his agent intimate that there is no interest in hearing what other parties are offering, but that is a very unlikely scenario. And if that’s the case, they will obviously agree on a contract extension before the end of the month. If the Cubs and Girardi talk, and I gotta imagine Girardi will be interviewing Theo and Jed just as much, then whatever the result, it certainly will be interesting to see where it leads.

    As far as A.J. Hinch rumors, I say HELL NO to that guy! If they hire him, I will really start questioning the FO’s motives at that point.

    • Tony_Hall

      I would love to see Theo and Jed interview Joe, interviewing Theo and Jed.

  • Tony_Hall

    This is the part about the Cubs hitting philosophy that gets lost on so many people. It is not about getting walks (that is a result of an AB where you didn’t get a pitch to hit or fouled it off or even missed it) it is about getting a good pitch to hit.

    “We’re not looking to create cookie-cutter hitters and force everyone to see more pitches and walk more,” Epstein said. “But getting a good pitch to hit is pretty important and basic. All hitters can benefit from (that). It’s more that we want to be supportive and unified with how we help our young hitters.”

    Stop swinging at bad pitches, is the unspoken part of this quote, something Cubs players have had issues with for awhile.

    • Dorasaga

      You know, like said, “the hacker swings to the Big in a swift.”

      • cubtex

        ? ? ? ? I read that 3 times and I don’t know what the hell you are saying.

        • Dorasaga

          I’ve posted about this many times before. Instead of plate discipline, hacking gets a minor leaguer to the Big league, which was very true to Cubs players during the Hendry Era. Some power, no sense of which pitch is really good, and just swing and swing. That made an impression. If the player were lucky, and made more contact that year, then he would hack his way to a spot in the 25-man. Who cared about pitch selection?

    • 07GreyDigger

      Look what you did! Where’s Ray and wanting his middle of the order guys not taking walks speech?

    • cubtex

      As I have said many times before. This is not the Cubs hitting philosophy. This is every coaches hitting philosophy with every hitter who goes up to the batters box.

      Theo….Hey Starlin…. This is what we want you to do. Try this…. Lay off the slider down and away and swing at good strikes.

      Starlin- Really?? I never thought of that. Thanks Theo…..The Cubs way is ahead of its time.

      • 07GreyDigger

        If it’s every manager’s philosophy, how come so many players have a hard time with it?

        • cubtex

          Seriously? Do you know how difficult this game is? Do you think these pitchers just throw straight meatballs and you can just swing at juicy pitches and take the others. Did you see Votto yesterday? When a pitcher has filthy stuff that starts out over the plate and dives 3 feet out of the strikezone at 93 and you have milliseconds to react. It is not an easy game.

          • 07GreyDigger

            I never said it wasn’t. I know it’s a tough game, because I was absolutely terrible at it.

            But oversimplifying the “Cubs Way,” without actually knowing what it is, is just as silly as oversimplifying how tough baseball is.

      • Tony_Hall

        If it is EVERY coaches hitting philosophy, why have you spent SO much time bad mouthing it?

        And why have you been so against it being taught to Castro?

  • Tony_Hall

    If not Joe, my top 2 when Dale was hired was Mike Maddux and Sandy Alomar Jr (Dale was 3rd and Tim Bogar was 4th, listed as a Dark Horse, end of list) They are still my Top 2 at this point, until we see more of who actually gets interviewed.

    • Dorasaga

      I don’t know about the Maddux-s. The bro-s might be good at one thing in their baseball career, pitching; as of everything else, well… I’ll just stop here.

    • 07GreyDigger

      The reports of Greg Maddux coaching is just wishful thinking, from what I hear he prefers coaching on the golf course.

      • Tony_Hall

        I was talking about Mike. I don’t think Greg would like the time commitment.

        • 07GreyDigger

          I know. I’ve seen reports that Mike would drag Greg into it.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Where’s Brad Asmus on your list?

      You know he’s on Jed’s and Theo’s list.

      Don’t forget about A.J. Hinch.


      • Tony_Hall

        I actually think both guys should be interviewed. But until they are I will stick with my original 2 backup options, if Girardi doesn’t get hired. I would have a hard time passing Alomar Jr up, as I really prefer catchers as managers.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I expect Joe Girardi to stay with the Yanks, and then
          I don’t know what will happen. I wonder if Mr. Bosio won’t also
          be included in the mix as well.

          • Tony_Hall

            We will see. I think Joe wants to come to Chicago.

  • Dorasaga

    As great as Tim McCarver has been when he was younger, he’s just no longer clear-headed as an analyst; that’s complicated while he never updated his knowledge of baseball in general.

    • 07GreyDigger

      You mean you don’t think Tim McCarver makes any sense? You know you’re a terrible announcer when Family Guy has a joke about you.

      “In my view, as good as the Yankees were in the first half of this game, that’s how as bad they’ve been now.”


      • paulcatanese

        You didn’t understand that?:))))
        In my view, he was the worst broadcaster I have ever had to listen to.
        You’re point is valid, he clearly has lost it, and his retirement should have been years ago.

        • 07GreyDigger

          Him and Joe Buck together is an absolute nightmare.

          • cc002600

            I agree. Joe Buck is just so dull to me. He puts me to sleep. Just like Len does.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Don’t compare Len to Joe Buck. That’s not very nice. That’s like saying Deshaies is as bad as Joe Morgan. Just not true.

          • paulcatanese

            Without a doubt.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      and Vince Scully is a Great Legend!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Take Mike Scoscia off the Cubs list…..
    Yankees cannot afford to lose Girardi at this time…..and what Joe has said, his Chicago Family connections are not here anymore….
    Dusty is staying in Cinn……
    Ron Washington?……
    How about Joey Cora!……
    If Theo is going to give a manager’s job to a past buddy, then how “Committed” are the Cubs to winning?……
    Cubs going after a big name catcher this offseason?……I doubt that……
    Kinda bum off this morning hearing Tom Clancy has passed away….great writer.

  • JasonPen

    I haven’t heard Mike Scioscia’s name mentioned in any Cubs rumors. He is on the hotseat in LA, he would be a great name to bring in. I like his style of play.