During the 2010-11 offseason Yankees general manager Brian Cashman boasted to industry folks about the extension he had just given to manager Joe Girardi.
Coming off a 2010 campaign in which he seemed to revert to his tense ways of two years prior and with the Cubs having retained interim manager Mike Quade Girardi had to settle for a modest raise from $2.5 million annually to $3 million.
The Yankees are missing the playoffs this year for the first time since that 2008 season when Girardi took over for Joe Torre. Nevertheless this time around Girardi figures to have the upper hand.
It isn’t the perfect storm — that would involve a 2013 Yankees championship — yet many existing factors work to Girardi’s advantage:
1. He’s coming off a season in which he has received a great deal of credit deservedly so in The Post’s opinion for keeping the Yankees afloat when they fielded their worst roster in a generation.
2. With the Yankees losing Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera to retirement ...