Unless your name is Brett Gardner, the Yankees won’t even bat an eyelash at the thought of an extension.
That also goes for the manager and the general manager.
Both Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman are in the final years of their respective deals. And while Hal Steinbrenner “loves Joe”, it’s not enough to extend Girardi’s current contract.
“I think [a manager] has to be good at working with young players and veterans, which Joe is,’’ Steinbrenner said to the media on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s certainly a cerebral guy, [and] Joe is a very smart guy. There are a lot of aspects, especially when you’re doing it in New York City. You have to have tough skin, which he does, and he has done a good job. He has done a good job, but we have to see how this year goes.’’
Girardi is entering his 10th season as the Yankees manager and has seen success along with failure. However, what could cement Girardi returning next season is if the Yankees make their first deep run into the postseason since 2012.
“We love Joe. Look, Joe is one of many people in this organization without contracts [for next year],’’ Steinbrenner said. “I’m sure we will talk near the end of the year.’’
Along with discussing Girardi’s contract situation, Steinbrenner also talked about Jacoby Ellsbury. While Brian Cashman expressed disappointment and wanted Ellsbury to be a better player in 2017, Steinbrenner has enjoyed having Ellsbury on the team.
“We’ll see. Look, Jacoby is a great player. He comes to play every day, and he has been great with the young kids,’’ Steinbrenner said. “The stats are what the stats are, but I’ve enjoyed having him on the club.’’