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Steinbrenner on Girardi, Rodriguez, Jeter, Cano, etc.

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 08, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi

During a radio interview with Mike Francesa this afternoon, Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said he’s personally spoken with Joe Girardi twice about coming back to the Yankees as manager.

“I made it clear to him that we do want him back,” Steinbrenner said. “We think, my family thinks, that he did a great job this season given everything that happened. We’re going to try to work something out. We’re going to try to work out a deal that’s fair for both of us and acceptable. As always there’s other factors involved and things to be overcome, but we’re working on it.”

The Yankees made a contract offer at the end of last week and are still waiting for a decision from Girardi.

“I think we both agree, both sides agree, that it needs to be done quickly,” Steinbrenner said. “Because, quite frankly, we’re going to be starting our baseball meetings as we always do soon, and we want the manager — whoever that is, hopefully Joe — to be a big part of them. So, sooner rather than later. I think we both agree on that.”

Alex RodriguezA few other topics Steinbrenner discussed with Francesa…

The Alex Rodriguez suspension hearing
“That’s a two-way street. None of us know what’s going to happen of course, but if he’s not with us, obviously that’s a (financial) factor that makes a difference, but at the same time, you’ve lost one of the best third basemen in baseball. There’s a downside either way, I guess, is the way I would put it.”

Rodriguez’s lawsuit against team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad
“I really don’t want to talk about that. It’s an ongoing litigation at this point. We’re not involved with any of it. … I can say that we, we, have a lot of confidence in Chris Ahmad, and I know a lot of the players do as well. I can’t comment on the lawsuit itself, but we certainly have confidence in Chris Ahmad.”

Robinson Cano’s free agency
“It sounds like he wants to go out and test the market and talk to whoever he needs or wants to talk to, and that’s not unusual of course. We want him back, he knows that, and within reason, we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that happens. Time will tell.”

Derek Jeter coming back next season
“Nobody’s got a better chance than him. Nobody has more drive and nobody wants to be there to contribute more than he does. We’re absolutely planning on him being back. But having said that, his age is his age, and the injury is a fairly severe one, but we’re hoping and praying and we expect him to be with us.”

Struggles of the minor league system
“I am disappointed. I think that is a good word. I think we all are. We finally got – with all the injuries – something not normal for us, we finally got a chance to really try to bring a lot of these players up and see how they could contribute, and it was not as good as we had hoped. I think that is fair to say, but started working two months ago, looking at everything having to do with player development: Scouting, process, personnel, you name it. We’re going to do what we need to do to make it better, I can assure you of that.”

Last season’s string of injuries
“You would have to call it a freakish year, but we are looking into everything we do, the programs we have, even in the minor leagues. Strength and conditioning and all that, training programs. We’re not going to leave any stone unturned. I’m not going to assume it’s all coincidence.”

Reaction to diminished attendance and ratings
“Nothing we didn’t already know. New York is a marquee town. You know that better than me. People love to see Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeiras, and that just wasn’t the situation this year. Having said that, I thought there were a lot of great stories on the team, and I think the team did great staying in contention, but there’s no doubt that New York is a marquee town and they expect to see the Derek Jeters of the world.”

Cutting payroll beneath $189 million
“For several reasons, it’s important, and it’s certainly a goal that we take seriously and we’re going to strive for, but as I’ve said before on numerous occasions, it’s not going to come at the expense of fielding a championship-caliber team. We know that’s what we’re expected to do, and we’re going to do it.”

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