Via Joel Sherman -
The Yankees and Joe Girardi are closing in on a three-year contract that will pay him somewhere between $9 million and $10 million, The Post has learned.
Girardi would receive a bump from a contract that expires Saturday that was paying him $7.5 million over three years. The raise would make Girardi the fifth- or sixth-highest paid manager in the major leagues.
The sides believe the deal could be finalized Wednesday or Thursday.
I have a tremendous amount of respect for Joe Girardi as a person. As a manager, to be candid, I’m somewhat disappointed in his performance with the Yankees. I’m not terribly upset with him. And, maybe my disappointment is the result of having the bar set too high for him when he was hired?
In any event, does he deserve to be the “fifth- or sixth-highest paid manager in the major leagues”? Man, I dunno…
Yes, there’s a lot of stuff that the Yankees manager has to deal with, and put up with, that many other managers don’t have to tackle. But, on the flip side, with the Yankees, you get a ton of talent to make your job on the field easier too.
So, what do you think? Are the Yankees overpaying for Girardi here?