With just 10 games left in the season, Joe Girardi is potentially managing his last games in a New York Yankees uniform as he is a free agent after the 2013 season with his contract up and could have options following the season if the Yankees don't make it to October baseball.
Girardi, who is 559-403 as the Yankees manager in six seasons has a World Series in four playoff trips along with three division titles since taking the reigns as the skipper back in the 2008 season, but the 2013 season has definitely been one of the hardest he's had to work since taking the seat in the Bronx.
Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis, Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner are all on the shelf with injuries and all likely not playing again for the season; Teixeira definitely, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez missed two-thirds of the season with injuries; all things that forced Girardi to do a lot of patch-work, but has kept the Yankees fighting for their postseason lives.
Yet, the lure of a potential managing job like the Washington Nationals, filled with a lot of young talent, could be enticing to Girardi since Davey Johnson is retiring at season's end, or if the Chicago Cubs job opens up again if they decide to part with Dale Sveum, that could be something that interests him, as Chicago is nearby his hometown. You could even throw in the FOX analysts duties since Tim McCarver will be retiring after this season and Girardi is known for being solid in the broadcast booth.
When Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York asked Girardi about his future plans past 2013, he said he loved New York and wasn't burned out by the job, but he wouldn't commit to returning to the Bronx in 2014 and beyond.
"Yeah, I mean, I don't worry about those details until it is time to worry about it," Girardi told ESPNNewYork.com. "To me, it doesn't make sense to worry about it, but I love being here. To me, it is wasted energy to worry about it. I haven't thought of myself doing anything else. But, like any other person, when things arise, you sit down and you talk to your family, I talk to my wife, our kids are in school in New York."
The only other job Girardi has had managing wise was the Florida Marlins job back in 2006; a year where he guided them to a 78-84 season and won the 2006 N.L. Manager of the Year Award but was fired at the end of the season due to personal conflicts with the owner, Jeffrey Loria. Girardi has also been the Yankees bench coach under Joe Torre in 2005 before taking the Marlins job and has worked for the YES Network in 2007 after he left Florida.
Girardi will have a lot to think about once the season ends, which could be in two more weeks or not for another month if the Yankees make a run deep into October, but the fact that he won't commit to a return to the Yankees means that he could be eyeing up different options and maybe even other jobs once the season is over.
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