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Even before the official termination of Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum, speculation began about the possibility of signing Joe Girardi to manage the Cubs. Our own Robert Murray recently explained the Cubs' serious interest in bringing Girardi to Wrigley Field. Now, we know a little more of just how serious Cubs team president Theo Epstein may be.
The Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzalez reported on Monday, October 7, that Epstein will "top whatever offer the Yankees tender, according to a source familiar with the negotiations." Gonzalez says that the Cubs could offer over $5 million a year for three or more years. Of course, Girardi is still under contract with the New York Yankees through October 31, and neither Girardi nor the Cubs have received permission to speak with each other just yet.
That could change if Girardi turns down any offer the Yankees may make before October 31. As much as Epstein may want the Yankees' manager, though, Gonzalez says that Epstein will act quickly if he gets another candidate who can give the Cubs the leadership, experience, and winning track record that Girardi can offer. Gonzalez quotes Epstein from September 30 as saying,
"We want to be thorough, but if we act quickly, it means we're certain we've found what we're working for. I'm not opposed to a quick process. We'll be done before the general managers meetings (Nov. 11-13)."
Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have done a stellar job in reducing team payroll since they came in after the 2011 season. Yet, if there is one area in which they need to pay more for better quality, it is the manager. Girardi brings all three of the aforementioned qualities; he won three A.L. East titles, an A.L. Wild Card, and a World Series in six seasons as the Yankees' skipper. He can also develop the younger talent that the Cubs brass has brought in through trades in their brief tenure.
It is still only a rumor, but Joe Girardi appears as the best fit for the Chicago Cubs to stop rebuilding and begin working toward contention.
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