Yanks ink Girardi and his Binder for 3 More Years
Today the Yankees officially announced that manager Joe Girardi and the team have come to terms on a 3-yr, $9 million deal. Girardi’s binder still has a prominent place on his desk and in the dugout for 2011 and beyond.
The Associated Press confirms that Girardi can earn $500,000 bonuses based on team performances.
Girardi has been suspect to drawing heat from fans and the media after a few questionable moves this postseason, in which the Yankees lost in six games to the Texas Rangers.
Personally, I agree with bringing Girardi back. I’m not going to judge the Yankees manager based on the last two weeks, I think you have to survey his three years as the manager, which resulted in two playoff appearances and one World Series ring. He wasn’t the reason they were ousted against Texas.
Replacing Girardi really seemed like more of a hassle, and I still feel like he’s the right man for the job. Discounting Joel Sherman’s opinion that Girardi is “deceitful” towards the media, I feel like Girardi has a good wrap with the beat writers, based on post-game interviews followed by reading their articles the next morning.
More importantly, I feel like Girardi is on the same page as Brian Cashman and the front office. They all share the same view and plans for the young stars, as well as the treatment of the aging veterans.
Now that the position at the top is filled, there are plenty of issues to address with the Yankees roster, starting with contract negotiations with the Captain. With one order of business finished now that Girardi remains the skipper, the free agent frenzy can commence with everyone making moves on the same page.
I thought I’d share this, as the binder’s a recent follower of mine on Twitter: