Top 5 Landing Spots for Joe Girardi
Joe Girardi's Potential Landing Spots
The 2013 MLB season was a weird one for the New York Yankees, to put it lightly. The Alex Rodriguez saga felt like it dragged out over seven years, and that doesn't even include the Biogenesis stuff. Then Derek Jeter was on and off the injury report more often than he changes girlfriends. And finally, the Bronx Bombers didn't make the playoffs after a season filled with amazing moments featuring Mariano Rivera's last stops at each stadium. But the ultimate kicker is still left to be decided: Will Yankees manager Joe Girardi return in 2014?
Well, the Yankees say they want him back and he's under contract until November, so he has that long to decide whether or not he wants to re-sign with New York. Needless to say, many other teams have Girardi at the tops of their wish lists and are prepared to do whatever it takes to get him, so he will have to at least listen to the offers.
Girardi obviously has lots of options, many of which would require him to switch to the National League, but if a chance at winning the World Series presents itself, he'll have to think long and hard about staying in the Big Apple. Here are the top five landing spots for Girardi in 2014.
5. Seattle Mariners
The Mariners offer a lot of potential that was shown late in the 2013 season, but former manager Eric Wedge just couldn't reach. Now that Wedge is for sure leaving, Girardi could do worse than moving to Seattle.
4. Chicago Cubs
The Cubs are determined to bring Girardi home to Chicago in 2014 after firing Dale Sveum. The issue is whether or not Girardi wants the challenge of turning around this woeful team. The prospect of Girardi being close to home again is certainly in the Cubs' favor.
3. New York Yankees
The Yankees may be somewhat discombobulated, but the one thing they will always do is shell out cash, which is what every manager wants and needs, so Girardi will have to think long and hard about leaving New York.
2. Cincinnati Reds
There's a lot of speculation that the Reds might part ways with Dusty Baker after a disappointing end to the season. If that happens, Girardi could step in and easily win a World Series in his first season with all the talent in Cincinnati.
1. Washington Nationals
The Nationals are the most talented team that Girardi could take over in 2014. Washington has the potential to win a World Series with the right skipper and Girardi would be wise to take his talents to our nation's capital in 2014.