This just came in a couple of minutes ago, but the Yankees have officially re-signed manager Joe Girardi to a 4-year, $16 Million contract that goes through 2017. Girardi would also earn a post-season bonus. Girardi had been one of the topics during the first week of the offseason, and now fans can finally put the “will Girardi stay or go” questions to bed.
Girardi has a conference call at 4 p.m. so I’ll update this thread when the conference call is over with Girardi’s thoughts about signing a new 4-year deal.
Joe Girardi spoke earlier this afternoon during a conference call, and basically said what you would normally expect a returning manager to say. He’s excited to be here, New York was the obvious choice for him and his family and he loves the atmosphere of New York. However, Joe Giardi also said that he was aware that when his contract expires again–the team won’t be the same. The only players signed all the way through are Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia.
With the minor leagues not up to par, it’s up to Joe Girardi to plug in the holes with the players they do have since the Yankees can no longer spend enormous amounts just to compete. In the past, Girardi has been known to go to the veterans like Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and others. Two of them are gone and Jeter is very close to following them into retirement. But the question that lingers among Yankees fans is: Does Joe Girardi really favor the veterans?
“I favor the best players, is what I favor,” Girardi said during his conference call. “Sometimes it’s an older player, sometimes it’s a younger player. I had a chance to manage in Miami, and I think during the course of the year we had 23 or 25 rookies. I loved it. I loved working with the kids. Me favoring one player over the other because of age, I’m not sure where that came about. To me, I want the best player, and I think youth can serve you really well on a club because they respond day after day and you don’t have to manage some of the other things you have to manage with older players. Whatever makes us the best, I’m all in favor of.”
Girardi’s role has changed dramatically. He went from being the manager who relied on the best players to get it done, to trying to find out what the Yankees have in their system so they can once again become a postseason team. Well, Girardi has another term under his belt and in those four years, he could make some change for the better.