Joe Girardi gets four more years with Yankees

Joe Girardi gets four more years with Yankees
October 10, 2013, 12:00 am
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, right, gestures for a new pitcher as he walks out to the mound with catcher J.R. Murphy in the 13th inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Houston. The Yankees won 5-1 in 14 innings.

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

What was that about the Yankees having to wait on Joe Girardi?

Girardi has decided to return as manager in the Bronx, agreeing to a reported four-year deal for a guaranteed $16 million, with the chance to earn more if the Yankees make the postseason.

He decided not to drag this out into November, when he could have officially considered offers from elsewhere, with the presumed elsewhere being Chicago and a chance to manage the Cubs, close to where he grew up. Instead, he’ll be piloting a team very much in transition. It’s gotten too old and less productive, and ownership wants to keep the payroll down.

But Girardi has those four years — three more than general manager Brian Cashman has at this point — so whatever rebuilding has to be done, he’s ostensibly going to be a big part of it. Girardi also clearly has no illusions about what he’s facing.

“It was something that I definitely thought about – what would the Yankees look like in 2014 and beyond?” he said Wednesday. “I don’t think you can expect to necessarily have everything you want every year. There’s things you have to go through as a club. To me, I want to be part of this. I want to be part of us getting back on top. That’s important to me.”

By the fourth year in his contract, the Yankees will be a very different team. The likes of Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Ichiro Suzuki, Curtis Granderson and CC Sabathia should be gone by then, some of them maybe much sooner. But the Yankees obviously feel that their manager is a key piece they don’t want to lose.