The deal has been on the table for a little bit but not nearly as long as a lot of teams would have wanted. The New York Yankees have come to terms with Joe Girardi on a new contract that will keep him in the Bronx for another four seasons. For a team that went through some struggles this year and may do the same next year, this is a huge deal. Girardi re-signing with the Yankees is the key step on the road from where they are now to their next World Series title.
There was little doubt that Girardi was the best manager on the market this season. Especially with the way he handled the injury-ridden 2013 season for the Yankees and nearly got them into the wildcard hunt unbelievably towards the end, he has emerged as one of the best skippers in the game. His passion for winning and playing the game the right way are key to success in the future for the Yankees.
You may or may not like Alex Rodriguez but when he was thrown at by Ryan Dempster, he wasn’t a PED taking hooligan, he was one of Girardi’s players and he was protected as such. The team rallied around the man that almost no one likes. Don’t think for a minute that resurgence had a lot to do with A-Rod. It was all about Girardi and how he led the team through that. Couple that ability with the problems they need to work through and the Yankees could not be in better hands.
For his part, Girardi also made a good choice. He is the second highest paid manager in the MLB now behind Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels. With the new deal he will make $16MM over four seasons. That will be a much better return for him than spending four seasons with the Washington Nationals or of course the Chicago Cubs who were also in the mix. With the Yankees, I would be surprised if Girardi isn’t managing in the World Series within the course of the contract. And if he manages in it, the Yankees will probably win it.