According to David Kaplan of ESPN 1000, sources told him early Thursday that Joe Girardi will not be back as manager of the New York Yankees next year.
Girardi’s 4-year $16 million contract just ended and he and the team have agreed to go different routes rather than ink a new deal.
The 53-year-old Girardi concludes a decade with New York, in which he won one World Series title and made the playoffs six times. Still, he leaves the Yankees with a lot of potential for the near future with plenty of talent on the team and developing in the minor leagues.
As for who will replace Girardi, it’s still very unclear. Two names already with the Yankees would be bench coach Rob Thomson and first-base coach Tony Pena. New York is also expected to look externally.
GM Brian Cashman will need to find a candidate who has a good feel for the clubhouse, a knack for using advanced statistics and one who can handle the extreme expectations of fans and media in the Bronx.
Cashman’s contract also expired at the end of the year, but he’s expected to stay with the Yankees thanks to his success in building a strong roster and talent pool.
Girardi’s future in baseball isn’t very clear right now. He’s expressed interest to work in baseball operations, perhaps even in the commissioner’s office. He might also return to broadcasting. Another interesting possibility is to follow his passion for college football and put together a campaign to become an athletic director.