Joe Girardi has been the top name of quite a few team's list as a must-hire manager for the 2014 season.
The New York Yankees, the team he's been with for the last six seasons, desperately wants to retain him and have an outstanding offer for a new contract on the table for him.
The Chicago Cubs have made it very clear that they are willing to match any offer and even outbid the Yankees for Girardi's services and the Washington Nationals have also asked for permission to speak to Girardi because the manager is still techinically under contract until November 1.
There is one team though, that won't be pursuing Girardi this winter, which is the Seattle Mariners, as they have a vacancy for their manager job with the departure of Eric Wedge, but as Jon Heyman from CBS Sports and WFAN reported late Tuesday night, the team feels that they wouldn't be able to spend the money to land a guy like Girardi.
"The Mariners have composed a very long "short" list of perhaps 20 or more names, but Girardi's name is nowhere to be found. That, of course, is not because they don't view Girardi as a very good manager but very likely because they understand the six-year Yankees manager, New York resident and Illinois native who already has his choice of at least the Yankees and Cubs is unlikely to reject those overtures to move 3,000 miles away to join a team that's posted losing records four years running."
The last winning season the Mariners had was back in 2009 with Don Wakamatsu as the manager, where Seattle posted an 85-77 mark, but over the last four years, have played sub .500 baseball and Wedge was not thrilled with the direction the organization was headed, so during the final week of the season, he told the Mariners that he would not be back in 2014, thus allowing them to search for a new skipper.
Oakland A's bench coach Chip Hale, San Francisco Giants bench coach Ron Wotus and newly-hired Phillies third base coach Pete Mackanin currently top the list of names that the Mariners are currently looking at for their next manager in 2014.
So for the time being, cross off Seattle as a potential suitor. Some have wondered if a team like the Cincinnati Reds, who just relieved Dusty Baker of his managerial duties, would be interested in Girardi for their manager job too. They have yet to express any interest in candidates as their season just ended last week at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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