The Yankees have extended manager Joe Girardi a new contract offer, but the Cubs reportedly are willing to get into a bidding war with the Bronx Bombers.
Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have made clear their intentions to top any offer for Girardi.
Girardi is finishing a three-year contract that paid about $3 million in 2013 and reportedly could be looking for as much as $5 million per year.
The Cubs might have to wait a month before finding out if Girardi will come to Chicago. The Yankees won't grant teams access to Girardi until his contract expires on Nov. 1.
There's a strong sense that it won't take nearly that long for Girardi to make a decision, based on his comments to New York writers at the end of the season. And Cubs President Theo Epstein and his staff appear willing to be deliberate in selecting a manager — especially as long as Girardi hasn't re-signed with the Yankees, for whom he has worked for the last six seasons, winning one World Series and three American League East titles.