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Report: Cubs willing to outbid Yankees for Joe Girardi

Joe Girardi's Yankees contract expires in November. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) Joe Girardi's contract with the Yankees expires in November. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

From the Tribune:

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.

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