New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman met with Joe Girardi's agent on Wednesday, the same day that the Chicago Cubs reportedly expressed interest in hiring the Yankees manager after his contract expires at the end of October.
According to an ESPN report on Wednesday, Girardi is viewed by Chicago as "someone who can help put a jolt into fan interest in the team" at a time when the organization has seen declining attendance over the past five seasons. The Cubs reportedly feel that hiring Girardi -- an Illinois native who attended Northwestern and played for the Cubs -- could help pique the interest of fans more than would the usual move of signing "big-money free-agent players." The front office is reportedly planning to make the 48-year-old Girardi a serious offer, if given the chance.
That chance may not come, however, as the Yankees are still undecided on whether to allow their manager to speak with other teams while he remains under contract. Girardi's current contract pays him approximately $3 million per year, so New York will likely have to offer him a raise that puts him at the same paygrade as the likes of Mike Scioscia, who earns $5 million annually from the Los Angeles Angels, and Jim Leyland, currently under contract for $4 million per year with the Detroit Tigers.
The Cubs fired manager Dale Sveum earlier this week and are also reportedly interested in San Diego Padres assistant general manager, A.J. Hinch.
In his six seasons as manager of the Yankees, Girardi has a 972-564 record, including one American League pennant and a World Series championship. On Sept. 30, Girardi said he would like his tenure with the Yankees to be cleared up in the near future.GRAY: Kate Upton joins B.J. and Justin Upton on cover of SI’s baseball playoff preview