As the Yankees prepare to name a manager, they are also preparing a major offer for A-Rod.
Joe Girardi, in Denver for the World Series, says he has not heard from the Yankees. The same is true of Don Mattingly’s agent.
The final decision seems to rest with Brian Cashman and Hank Steinbrenner. I’ll stick with Mattingly, but it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise if Girardi gets it. None of the papers I saw today seem to have a clue. It’s all speculation.
As for A-Rod, expect the posturing to increase from both sides. Scott Boras typically pretends deadlines don’t exist then makes a deal at the last second. That’s what happened with Daisuke Matsuzaka last December.
Once the clock starts ticking on A-Rod, he’ll take it down to the end to try and wring the last dollar out of the deal. It’s what a good agent does.
I’m headed out today to watch the Pats-Skins game with a Washington fan. Hopefully there will be no punches thrown.