Joe Girardi is no longer a pending free agent. The New York Yankees‘ manager was set to the hottest commodity among MLB managers heading into the offseason, but now he has crushed the dreams of the Chicago Cubs and a few other teams hoping to sign him by agreeing to a four-year contract extension with the Bronx Bombers.
I mean really, is anyone surprised by this? Sure, the Cubs’ hope that Girardi would return home to Chicago was so great that it eventually turned into “rumors” that the Yanks’ skipper was seriously considering the job with the Lovable Losers, but we all knew what was going to happen and now it has: Girardi is officially staying with the Yankees.
So now the question becomes: What will Girardi do with this disappointing, aging Yankees team that missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008? Derek Jeter is being held together with duct tape at this point, Alex Rodriguez is suing MLB and Mariano Rivera has been put out to pasture. So while Girardi may be back with the Bronx Bombers, he still has a lot of work to do to get this historically elite team back into title contention.