With the final week of the 2013 regular season upon us and the New York Yankees playoff chances dwindling down each day, it's been speculated on if Joe Girardi is managing his final games in the Bronx after six years.
The Yankees manager is a free agent after this season, as his contract is up and will be on the market for team's looking for a new skipper. What has drawn the interest of Girardi's availability is the fact that he has not committed to returning to the team in 2014, where as in the past, he's been dead set on coming back and re-signing.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe spoke to a Yankees official this week, who thought that Girardi is "70-30" on returning to the team, but that's because there is another job that could lure Girardi away if it ever became available.
"One team official thinks it’s “70-30” that Girardi returns next season. One job that would always intrigue Girardi would be managing the Chicago Cubs, who are said to be contemplating Dale Sveum’s future with the team. It doesn’t always happen that the manager who oversees the rebuilding gets to stick around for the fruits of his labor, and that may be the case with Sveum. Girardi has done a remarkable job this season, some think the best of his career. Does he want out as the Yankees rebuild?"
The lure of Chicago has always been an interesting one for Girardi, as not only is it near his hometown and area, it's also the team he came up with in 1989 and played seven seasons at. Back in the 2010 season after Girardi was initially a free agent, many people thought Girardi would leave the Yankees to sign with the Cubs, but the Cubs decided to stick with Mike Quade, which lead to Girardi re-signing with the Yankees for three more years,
As Cafardo mentioned, the Cubs could eventually have a vacancy at manager with Dale Sveum's job in serious jeopardy and could be let go after consecutive 90-loss seasons, which made lead to Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein looking for a new skipper in Chicago, and considering both Epstein and Hoyer know Girardi from when they were in Boston, it would make sense for them to have interest in Girardi.
Girardi has always been very vocal about loving the city of New York and being the manager of the Yankees, but after six years, maybe he's had enough and would like to be closer to home to spend more time with his family and at the same time, lead a younger group of players, just like he did back in 2006 when he was the manager of the Florida Marlins.
If Sveum is relieved of his duties in Chicago, that 70-30 number may drastically change for Girardi, who a lot of people could see taking a one-way ticket from the Bronx to the Windy City.
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