The contract of Yankees manager Joe Girardi is up after the current season, and that raises the possibility that he won't be back in the Bronx for a seventh year at the helm. To hear Girardi tell it, however, he wants to return. Here are Girardi's comments on Thursday to WFAN's Mike Francesa:
"I've loved it here, Mike. This has been wonderful for my family and I whether I've been a player, coach or manager. I will sit down and talk to Brian [Cashman] when the season is over. Until we sit down there is really nothing to report.
"There are some decisions that I have to make in my life and I will sit down and talk to my wife and children like I have every year. But like I said, I've loved being here."
The Yankees, of course, will miss the postseason for the second time on Girardi's watch, but considering the aging roster and the almost absurd number of injuries the team suffered in 2013, Girardi distinguished himself in guiding them to a winning season. Yankee brass, then, should have little cause to not want him back.
As with most things at this level, it's likely a matter of money and perceptions of respect tied to that money.