Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/2/13
Brian Cashman's meeting with Joe Girardi's agent Wednesday comes at a time when the Chicago Cubs have serious interest in hiring the New York Yankees manager sources told ESPN. Chicago fired Dale Sveum on Monday and sources say that Cubs ownership views Girardi as someone who can help put a jolt into fan interest in the team. The Cubs' attendance has declined in each of the past five seasons at a time when the organization is trying to rebuild and probably is at least two or three years away from contending again. Hiring Girardi in anticipation of increased fan interest could be more financially efficient for the Cubs than pursuing big-money free agent players. The Cubs' baseball operations department has only begun its search for the next manager and isn't locked into Girardi -- or anyone else -- as its primary option. But sources say that Cubs ownership wants Girardi is making a strong internal argument to hire him and intends to make him a serious contract offer if given the ...
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