The Yankees plan to bring back manager Joe Girardi at a raise, no matter what some fans may say about his reliance on his ever-present binder. He is well-liked by Yankees honchos Hal Steinbrenner, Randy Levine and Brian Cashman. Girardi hasn’t been great in the ALCS, though, as he got greedy by staying too long in Game 4 with A.J. Burnett, who has been brutal and was pitching on 17 days’ rest. Burnett should have been removed after five very good innings, rather than be left in to try to pitch out of a sixth-inning jam.
Like it or not, Heyman is probably right here and this is not unexpected. As much as some fans gripe about him, I’ve never heard a single bad comment or anything that could be interpreted as such from anyone in the front office. Ever. In fact, they are usually kissing his butt and praising him.
Girardi is in the final year of a three-year $7.5 million deal. I expect him to come back for another three years and probably in the $9 million range, but that is a total guess.