Via the Chicago Sun-Times-
If Joe Girardi is serious about wanting to manage the Cubs, then he might be staring at his last, best shot.
Multiple sources say the Cubs are poised to make the Yankees’ skipper an offer that could make him one of the two highest-paid managers in the game, from a Cubs ownership group and business side of the operation that has coveted him since long before Theo Epstein was hired as team president.
The Cubs and Girardi have expressed mutual interest through back channels for weeks, according to sources. And Girardi has been the ownership favorite two of the last three times the managerial job was open, under Tribune ownership (when Lou Piniella got the job) and Ricketts ownership (when Mike Quade was hired).
Girardi, who fielded a contract-extension offer Wednesday from the Yankees, has said publicly and told those close to him privately that family considerations will play a large role in his decision to return to the Yankees or field other offers. In other words, talking to the Cubs about an offer, sources close to him say.
I’ve said this before…
…but, it makes sense.
Girardi is no idiot. He sees the age on the Yankees roster and he knows that there’s no one, at all, in the Yankees minor league system who is close to being any major help at the big league level, any time soon. And, all he has to do is look at the Chicago system and see Anthony Rizzo, Travis Wood, Kris Bryant, Kyle Hendricks, Arismendy Alcantara, Jorge Soler, Albert Almora and Javier Baez and know that there’s a future for these Cubs.
And, we all know, the manager who wins a World Series for the Cubs will be a god in the city of Chicago.