Yankees beginning talks with Joe Girardi; hope to retain coaching staff

NEW YORK — The Yankees hope to retain Joe Girardi as their manager and are set to open negotiations on a new contract, general manager Brian Cashman said on Tuesday.

Cashman said that he met for coffee with Girardi on Monday and has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday with Girardi’s agent, Steve Mandell. Girardi’s three-year, $9 million pact is set to expire in November.

“I’m not speaking for Joe, but I think if you’re good at what you do, you’ll have opportunities to stay,” Cashman said. “He’s definitely going to have that. We’re going to give him a real good reason to stay. He’s earned that.”

The 2013 season marked Girardi’s sixth at the helm of the Yankees. Over that span, Girardi has compiled a 564-408 regular season record, winning one World Series but also missing the playoffs twice.

Girardi said during the Yankees’ season-ending series in Houston that he has loved his time with the organization, but that he has not made up his mind about managing in 2014.

“It comes down to family,” Girardi said on Sunday. “They are first, and whatever is best for the group of us – not one individual, not me or just my wife or just one of my children – whatever is best for us as a group, that’s what we’ll decide to do.

“And that’s something I’ve put some thought into and I’m going to have to think about a lot of the next few days. But that’s a decision that we’ll sit down and make and decide what’s best.”

He has been mentioned in media reports as a candidate for the Cubs’ managerial vacancy, as Chicago parted ways with Dale Sveum this week, but Girardi said on Sunday that his connections to the Windy City are not as strong as they once were.

Asked if he would grant the Cubs permission to speak with Girardi, Cashman declined to comment.

“We can’t control what other options or interests may be out there,” Cashman said. “If you’re good at what you do, people are going to have some interest. You can’t predict the future on that; you can only control your side of it. I feel we hired a good one.

“He’s been a world champion player for us, a coach, a broadcaster, and obviously a world champion manager. We’ve benefited from having him and we’d like to do that going forward. We’ll have to stay tuned and see how it plays out.”

Cashman said that if Girardi returns, the Yankees would also be interested in retaining the entire coaching staff: bench coach Tony Pena, hitting coach Kevin Long, pitching coach Larry Rothschild, infield coach Mick Kelleher and outfield coach Rob Thomson.

“They’re not technically free agents until Oct. 31,” Cashman said. “If Girardi comes back, I would like to have our coaches back, and I think Girardi feels the same way. But ultimately because of the way the process needs to work, the manager has to be decided first and then you can focus on the coaches.”

Though the Yankees posted only 85 victories in 2013, their lowest total since 1988, Cashman said that Girardi has been “consistently tremendous” in making the most of his roster and keeping the club motivated.

“This year was unique in a lot of different ways and he was able to still maintain that leadership, keep these guys hungry and motivated and not give up,” Cashman said. “They never did. I never saw that. Thumbs up. I thought he did a great job, him and his staff.”

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The Yankees made an offer and we should hear if they are negotiating soon with Girardi.

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DUUUUHHHH!!!!!!no kidding, that’s old meaningless news no one should pay attention to since nothing will will happen in terms of a Lincecum deal for a while. Most likely he won’t sign with anyone for a while. I know it’s hard but try and keep up.

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If the Yankees go 4 years on Ellsbury per say like did with Damon just outbid Boston, their screwed.

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Meister make a better. If Lincecum signs somewhere else and the Yankees do not make an offer, you post your picture on the other website….deal?

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If Your looking at fragile young pitchers, Josh Johnson might be a better option and likely much cheaper.

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Girardi has rejected the Yankees offer officially this morning. Talks continue with the Cubs for Jeff Samardzija. A source with the Cubs said salary is agreed upon but a deal is not close.

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I wouldn’t be surprised to see Girardi gone. No real reason for him to stay with the Yankees who are going to be spending years, most likely they will be spending years near the bottom of the division with no chance of making the playoffs, unless they go after some of the better FA’s like Lincecum, McCann and Ellsbury, they wan’t to get under the luxury tax but that is only a goal not a mandate from the team from what I’ve heard. Just stay away from the likes of Johan Santana who is more fragile than crystal.

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We’re gonna pass on Ellsbury and Lincecum obviously, McCann is possible but Martin has 1 year left in Pittsburgh and they realize their mistake.

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Pass on Lincecum? Doubtful, but not likely we will win a bidding war for him or Ellsbury

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Like I said it isn’t likely Lincecum will re-sign a deal immediately, but rather take his time and look at offers, an obvious no-brainer,he’s turned down longterm deals before and really prefers short contracts.

http://www.mercurynews.com/giants/ci_24198512/tim-lincecum-expected-take-his-time-before-deciding

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with “timely hitting issues” being a constant over the past few years one might consider a change in the coaching staff – but it might just be me who thinks like that.

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The least of Yankee problems is Girardi. Unless the front office changes dramatically it won’t matter who manages the team. If Girardi is as smart as i believe him to be he will go elsewhere where someone cares and knows something about baseball and how it is played today. It is a young mans game. Yanks have yet to prove that they understand that and how to go about changing the dynamic of this once great franchise.

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