Week Two of the Yankees sooner-than-expected offseason begins with the Joe Girardi Watch, and a report out of Chicago suggests the Yankees aren’t necessarily the top bidder for Girardi’s services.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs — who aren’t allowed to official make an offer just yet — are fully prepared to top whatever offer is on the table from the Yankees. According to the Tribune:
There’s plenty of guarded optimism because the Cubs have made it clear through channels that they are willing to top whatever offer the Yankees tender, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
The Cubs can’t officially negotiate with Girardi right now. He’s under contract as manager of the Yankees through the end of the month, and for now only the Yankees can actually offer a new contract. The Yankees did exactly that at the end of last week. Girardi’s basically had the weekend to think it over, and it’s expected that an answer could come any day now.
“I wouldn’t think (a decision) would go too long,” Girardi said on the last day of the season. “It’s not my personality to drag things out. I’m always a guy that likes to know what I’m going to do the next day.”
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