An extended stay. Joe Girardi will be returning to the Bronx to manage the New York Yankees for four more years. He signed a four year, sixteen million dollar contract with the Yankees, making him the second highest payed manager in the game. Girardi will be returning to the Bronx, where he has had success in the past, managing their for the past six years.
One of the best in the business, Girardi has a career 642-492 record over his seven combined years of managing (six with Yankees, one with Marlins). He will be the manager on a declining Yankees team that could use some work. If anyone can keep this team running, however, it'd be Girardi, as he was able to tally 90+ wins in four of his seven seasons as manager. The Cubs were also in the running for Girardi, as he played and was drafted by the Cubs. His decision, however will be to stay in the bright lights of New York City.
The Chicago Cubs will have their looks at managers now, as their plan A (Joe Girardi) will stay in New York. The Cubs are looking at A.J. Hinch, who CBSSports.com described as "a manager who is great in player development". The Cubs have a deep farm system, and this just could be the manager they are looking for. Hinch has developed talent such as Miguel Montero, Gerardo Parra, Chris Young, Justin Upton, and Ian Kennedy (per CBS Sports). He also worked with a young Max Scherzer. This is the guy that can get Mike Olt back on track. This is the guy that can develop the young prospects into young stars. I think the Cubs should sign Hinch, as he could be the guy that turns this team into a contender.
All we know is that Girardi is a Yankee, and not a Cub. What can we do about it? Nothing. Girardi gets a lot of dough, and gets to stay at home, where he has been for the last six years. I think this was the right move for him personally. Now, he just needs to fix those Yankees up!