It appears that the Chicago Cubs have their eye on Joe Girardi to be the next manager of the team. Unfortunately for the Cubs, Girardi is still under contract with the New York Yankees until the end of the month. MLB rules clearly state that teams cannot negotiate with members of another organization without permission from that team. Because of this, the Cubs now must wait to talk to their no. 1 guy.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman has made it clear that his team is very interested in bringing back Girardi as manager. He has stated that the Yankees are “going to give him a real good reason to stay.” Also, there have been reports that New York is not going to let Girardi speak to the Cubs, or any other team, until talks completely break down with the Yankees.
New York is smartly using this time to renegotiate his contract before any other team can. It is completely possible that Girardi re-ups with the Yankees before the Cubs can even make their pitch.
If Girardi is the Cubs’ top target, they simply have to be patient at the moment. While they wait for the opportunity to meet with Girardi, there is no reason why they cannot meet with other candidates. Rumors have surfaced in the past couple of days about the Cubs being very interested in former Arizona Diamondbacks manager and current member of the San Diego Padres front office, A.J. Hinch.
Hinch seems to be a solid candidate for the Cubs. He is a young guy that has a connection to the Cubs’ front office. He was hired in San Diego by current Cubs GM Jed Hoyer, when he held the same title with the Padres as the head of the scouting department. Also, Hinch has had plenty of past success in developing young players, which is a trait the Cubs are looking for in candidates for obvious reasons.
If the Cubs really do believe that Girardi is the guy, then it is worth the wait. In the meantime, they need to be preparing backup options like Hinch and Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux in case it does not work out with Girardi.
It is easy to get excited about a big name like Girardi, but that does not mean he is the right hire. The Cubs need to step back and make sure they are making the right decision here. This is a huge hire for the future of this organization.