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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