Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune has reported that president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer are willing to match the New York Yankees offer on a contract, as right now, Girardi is the Cubs clear number one choice for who they want as a manager.
"There’s plenty of guarded optimism because the Cubs have made it clear through channels that they are willing to top whatever offer the Yankees tender, according to a source familiar with the negotiations."
Last Monday, Epstein and Hoyer relieved Dale Sveum of his managerial duties, as he had back-to-back 90-loss seasons with the Cubs and are now looking in a new direction to take the team and because of their time with the Boston Red Sox in the American League East, are looking at the familiar name in Girardi to be their guy.
Girardi has said in the past that if the Cubs were interested, he was willing to listen and would be interested, thus, the story from the Tribune is clearly stating that the Cubs are willing to go whatever length is needed to lure Girardi back home to Chicago and manage the team that he first came up with back in 1989 and a catcher.
Girardi managed the Yankees to an 85-77 season and missed the playoffs for only the second time since 1995, but the 85 wins seemed like a miracle since the Yankees had at least five players who missed over 100 games with injuries, thus Girardi doing some of his best work in 2013.
Girardi is technically under contract until November 1, so right now, the Cubs would need the Yankees permission in order to talk to him, which right now, they aren't allowing, however Girardi is reportedly expected to give a decision as early as this week, but he could decide to wait until the following month to hit the market, as not only does he have interest from the Cubs, the Washington Nationals have expressed interest and would like to talk with Girardi about the opening they have at manager.
As much as the Yankees, who have an outstanding offer out on the table right now for Girardi, would love to bring back their manager, teams like the Cubs are not making it easy for Brian Cashman to bring him back for a seventh season and could be facing at the possibility of losing their manager to another team this winter.
Girardi has been the team's manager for six years, has lead the Yankees to four playoff trips, three American League East titles, one American League Championship and won the 2009 World Series.
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