Brian Cashman met with Hal Steinbrenner this morning, and he’ll meet with Joe Girardi’s agent tomorrow. Girardi wants to come back, the Yankees want him back and the negotiations are going to happen quickly.
“It doesn’t mean we’ll have anything to announce tomorrow, but there’s an interest level on both parties to keep moving forward together,” Cashman said. “We’ll let that work its way out. When we have something to discuss publicly, we will. Prior to that, I’m not going to give a debriefing on how my conversation went yesterday. The meetings will start tomorrow. Will it go long? Will it go days? Will it be quick? I can’t tell you.”
Barring some sort of surprise snag in the negotiations, it sounds like a deal is only a matter of time.
“Those discussions will probably take place fairly quickly here,” Girardi said. “I said after we lost on Friday that I love being here. I’ve loved working here. It’s a great work environment, great relationship with the front office and everyone involved, the players, coaches. So i want to be back. I hope it gets done quickly.??”
For whatever it’s worth, Girardi was told — not necessarily asked — about the decision to get rid of pitching coach Dave Eiland. Cashman said it was a general manager decision. If Girardi had objected?
“It didn’t matter,” Cashman said.
UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: The Yankees just released this statement from Girardi about Eiland: “Dave spent his entire coaching career with the Yankees organization, and there is little doubt the impact he had on a great number of pitchers during his tenure. He was a passionate and knowledgeable pitching coach on the Major League level, and he played a valuable role in our team’s achievements in recent years. I wish him continued success moving forward as his baseball career continues to evolve.”
UPDATE, 2:49 p.m.: It would have been a long-shot anyway given his relationship to Tony La Russa, but Dave Duncan has signed a two-year deal to stay in St. Louis as the Cardinals pitching coach. Scratch him off the list.
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